Corrie actress unites with Love Island star to tackle online trolling

Corrie actress unites with Love Island star to tackle online trolling

Coronation Street actress Samia Longchambon has joined forces with Love Island’s Amy Hart to shine a light on the issue of internet trolling. 

The pair met up on the cobbles to film a video, in which they talk through their own personal, negative experiences with social media and the emotional damage caused by online hate. 

Hanging out in Roy’s Rolls, Amy and Samia discuss what they would say to their internet trolls if they could meet them face to face, their lowest points and the best piece of advice they have been given for tackling keyboard warriors. 

Samia, who plays Maria Windass, has recently drawn upon her own experience of online abuse to help her film her latest storyline which saw Maria become a target of trolling and an online hate campaign after settling into her new role on the local council.  

The actress explained: ‘I have experienced trolling in a different way to Maria, but I was really pleased when Coronation Street said they were going to do the trolling storyline, because I think it is a current issue that unfortunately a lot of people have experienced.’

She adds that she hopes her storyline will help people who are currently experiencing online abuse:  

‘For me personally, if I was watching Maria’s storyline, it would help me to realise that I am not alone and that a lot of people go through this,’ she shared.

‘I hope it makes people who might have left those nasty comments think twice about it in the future.’

Former Love Island contestant Amy Hart first encountered online abuse after appearing on the ITV2 competition. She has been a victim of trolling, directly via her own social media, and also in comments on national forums and on local Facebook groups in her home town of Worthing.   

An advocate for the issue, Amy uses her platform to raise awareness about trolling and encourages people not to do it. 

In September 2021, she gave evidence in Parliament to a committee of MPs investigating influencer culture and examining the absence of social media regulation. The digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) select committee heard how Amy had received death threats from children as young as 13-years-old. 

On her collaboration with Coronation Street, Amy enthused: ‘I am a massive Corrie fan, and was delighted to be invited to talk about this hugely important topic with Samia – who plays one of my fave characters, Maria.  

‘I think it’s imperative that soap operas cover trolling and online bullying issues, as it shows the devastating effects to a mass audience of all ages. The sad truth is that trolls are all ages, genders and from all walks of life. I should know, as I have been sent abusive and upsetting messages by a whole range of people.  

‘Hopefully this powerful storyline will help break the negative trolling culture, and in turn may even save someone’s life.’

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