Love Island bosses issued a stark warning to viewers after Wednesday’s episode sparked death threats.
Islander Chloe Burrows’ family were heartbroken over vicious messages they received from trolls following the recoupling.
Now TV bosses have given their backing to the family as they blasted trolling on social media.
The statement read: “We want Love Island to be a positive experience for all of our cast and their friends and family members.
“Last night’s episode created strong reactions but some viewers’ posts were wholly unacceptable. We take these matters seriously and will support cast members and their families in reporting such posts.
“We would once again urge all of our viewers to think before posting and remember that our islanders have feelings.”
Mixed reactions flooded social media when the islander recoupled with Aaron Francis, leaving Shannon Singh single before she was imminently booted out of the villa after 48 hours.
Chloe’s family spoke out against the abuse in a lengthy Instagram post.
They shared their heartache after the star’s Instagram account was flooded with vile messages.
Via Instagram, the family wrote: “We hate to introduce ourselves under such vile circumstances but we’ve had enough after just 3 episodes.
“We all have thick skin but the amount of trolling Chloe has been receiving is absolutely disgusting. This morning we woke up to yet another DM (see next story) encouraging Chloe to kill herself – there have been HUNDREDS.”
The family made a heartbreaking reference to the deaths of former contestants, including: Sophie Gradon, who was found dead aged 32 in June 2018, Mike Thalassitis who took his own life in March 2019 aged 26 and show host Caroline Flack, who took her own life at the age of 40 last year.
The statement added: “Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike, and Caroline taught us nothing? Not only that, but people are flooding her inbox threatening to kill her themselves. People… this is a GAME show, there is a cash prize!
“We understand the frustration surrounding @shannonsinghh’s eviction – we feel it too!
“She didn’t deserve to leave so early but Chloe does not deserve to DIE because Shannon had to leave the villa! She will have had no idea of the repercussions of her decisions prior to making it.
“We are not naive. We know that this post won’t put an end to trolling. All the advice we get is to ‘ignore it’ and ‘block the trolls’, sometimes it’s not that easy. Our hope is that this just reminds some of you #BeKind x.”
ITV released their duty of care protocols for contestants ahead of the summer series.
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