KATIE Price’s fans have begged her to delete her son Harvey’s Instagram account amid viscous trolling. The 16-year-old has been hounded
KATIE Price’s fans have begged her to delete her son Harvey’s Instagram account amid viscous trolling.
The 16-year-old has been hounded online following a drawing he shared of his mum on the Gatwick express.
Harvey captioned his latest photo: “Love drawing me and mummy and Gatwick express.”
But it sparked a huge debate, as people hurled abuse at the youngster, who has Prader-Willi Syndrome, is partially sighted and also struggles with septo-optic dysplasia, and slammed his mum.
Many of the comments have since been deleted but other people called for the account to be removed entirely, to protect Harvey.
A fan raged beneath the post: “She should take this down.”
Another said: “katie is allowing this !! She knows people will slate him and i believe its to prove a point !! Its not fair and comments should be disabled x
One person said: “I agree with what some one else said switch off the comments option, it’s not fair that he should take this abuse, please protect him from it, good work Harvey your a star ”
As one more wrote: “It’s not Harvey making a conscious decision to have his own Instagram account. He can’t do that. It’s KP doing it in his name.
“I have no problem with Harvey or any young person being on social media but it should be a private account.”
Last year former glamour model Katie made an emotional plea over social media attacks on her disabled son Harvey.
Then last month, MPs declared spreading online hate on social media MUST be made illegal.
The inquiry was launched after Price started a petition to make online abuse a specific criminal offence and create a register of offenders.
The petition had attracted more than 220,000 signatures before being closed early due to the 2017 general election.
Committee chair Helen Jones MP said: “The law on online abuse is not fit for purpose and it is truly shameful that disabled people have been forced off social media while their abusers face no consequences.
“There is no excuse for the continued failure to make online platforms as safe for disabled people. Self-regulation has failed disabled people and the law must change to ensure more lives are not destroyed.”
Katie told the committee in February last year partially blind and autistic Harvey had been subject to “horrific” abuse online, but social media providers repeatedly failed to act.
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Price told a Commons committee: “I went to the police, they were disgusted, they were so good. But then they rang me to say, ‘There’s nothing we can do’ as there’s nothing in place to charge these people.
“Since then the abuse is getting worse and worse.”
She added: “I’ve tried my own way of naming a shaming people online, I’ve done everything I can but nothing has he been done to stop it. There needs to be more security checks.”
She wants trolls prosecuted and a register naming them.