A LOVE Island star has revealed the extent of the online abuse she has received – revealing that she has been trolled by nurses, parents and even received a death threat from a 13-year-old.

Amy Hart, from Worthing, gave evidence to the digital, culture, media and sport committee inquiry on Tuesday.

Speaking to a group of MPs investigating influencer culture, the 29-year-old said she has stopped reporting abusive comments to social media companies such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook because she doesn’t believe they will take action.

The influencer also encouraged the committee of MPs that Instagram users should have to verify their identities.

"Everyone's got a national insurance number. And if you're under 16 and don't have one, then your parents should have to put theirs, because one of my death threats was traced back to a 13-year-old,” she said.

"You think, if that's what they're doing at 13 in their bedroom at their mum and dad's house, what are they going to do when they're 18 and they're out on their own?"

The Argus: Amy Hart featured in the 2019 series of Love Island Amy Hart featured in the 2019 series of Love Island

Amy, who appeared in the 2019 series of the ITV2 show Love Island, had 3,000 Instagram followers before she appeared on the reality programme. When she left, she had 1.1 million.

“That was quite life-changing - suddenly going from nobody knowing what you were doing to everybody knowing what you were doing,” she said.

"If someone messages me horrible things and they do it from their own account, I'm straight on Facebook to look at who they are.

"I was being trolled by nurses and people that have got husbands and children. I think, do you go to dinner parties and tell your friends that you're trolling random 29-year-old girls that you don't know? Are you proud? I don't understand it."

The former flight attendant went down in Love Island history books after voluntarily leaving the villa after her romance with Curtis Pritchard fell apart.

Amy said the social media networks are “not supportive enough when it comes to trolling”.

“I've reported some messages before, and they come back saying, 'We've looked at it and it doesn't break community guidelines',” she said.

"And I'm like, look at this barrage of messages someone's sent me before seven o'clock in the morning, telling me how much they hate me, how awful I am, why everyone hates me, how ugly I am - from a fake account, a trolling account, a burner account.

"And you're telling me that doesn't break the policy?"

A spokeswoman for Facebook, the parent company of Instagram, told the BBC: "We understand how upsetting it is for Amy to receive hurtful comments and we don't want this to happen on Instagram or Facebook.

"We have strict guidelines against bullying and harassment and have introduced a number of safety tools including Limits, which prevents comments and DMs from people who don't follow you for a period of time, and Hidden Words, which allows you to filter abusive words, phrases and emojis from your comments and DMs, so you never have to see them.

"We'll continue to work with partners, including ITV, and the wider industry to help protect people from abuse."

The reality TV star did say she received "amazing" support from ITV and the Love Island producers, with "welfare girls" regularly calling her for over a year after leaving the show.

"Any time you need therapy, it will always be there from ITV, and I am still friends with producers, they always check in on me," she added.

Amy announced earlier this week she is due to perform alongside X-Factor finalist Sean Smith in Jack and The Beanstalk at the Kings Theatre in Southsea, Hampshire, this Christmas.