Rachel Riley has documented the “disgusting” direct messages (DMs) she receives from trolls on Instagram.
he countdown Star revealed she received fake porn images of herself as she spoke out against the spate of “misogynistic” abuse she’s been receiving on social media.
TV presenter Riley urged social media companies to do more to protect and protect women when using their platforms.
Researchers from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) gained access to her account and found 26 videos sent by a man performing a sex act on himself, as well as unsolicited late night messages describing sexual fantasies about her.
She also received nine fake porn photos of herself, including one in which her head was edited onto a nude model engaging in a sexual act.
Riley admitted that the extreme content she receives in direct messages “makes her stomach turn”.
As an ambassador for the CCDH, she said: “It really makes me not respond to my DMs at all because it’s off-putting. It’s amazing to know that strangers are sending porn – it gives them the opportunity to know that it has landed in your inbox.
“On Instagram, anyone can privately send you something that should be illegal. If they did it on the street, they would be arrested.
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“Unfortunately, for women in public, it’s inevitable to constantly receive rude, inappropriate and even offensive messages to your direct messages, and the fact that this is happening out of public view makes it all the more intrusive.
“Instagram and other platforms have a duty to ensure the safety of the women who use their sites, but not enough is being done to protect them right now.”
According to the report, five prominent women gave the online safety group access to their DMs on Instagram, including Riley and actress Amber Heard.
CCDH said it had identified an “epidemic of misogynistic abuse” that was “ignored” by the platform as 90 per cent of offending accounts remained active after sending and reporting abusive content.
They added that the abuse Riley endures is not uncommon for women.
In a statement, Cindy Southworth, Meta’s director of women’s safety, said: “While we disagree with many of the CCDH’s conclusions, we agree that harassment of women is unacceptable.
“That’s why we don’t allow gender hatred or threats of sexual violence, and last year we announced stronger protections for women public figures. Messages from people you don’t follow go to a separate request inbox, where you can either block or report the sender, or turn off message requests altogether.
“Calls from people you don’t know will only go through if you accept their message request, and we’re providing a way to filter abusive messages so you never have to see them.”
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