Caroline Flack’s mum Christine blasts social media firms after daughter’s death

Caroline Flack ’s mother Christine has said social media companies fail to protect people from bullies’ abuse.

The Love Island presenter took her own life at the age of 40 last year.

Ahead of TV documentary on her life and death, mum Christine said: “When I was young, if you were bullied at school you could get away from it.

“You can’t get away from it now because it follows you home, it follows you on your phone.”

She said of social media companies: “It is not that there’s a lack of money. They don’t protect anyone.”

Christine also criticised Lorraine Kelly and Graham Norton for making “hurtful” jokes after Caroline lost her presenting jobs.

She went on: “She’d text me in the middle of the night and one night I got in my car to drive to London and halfway there she’d say, ‘Oh no, it’s alright now!’ But I don’t know what made it alright.

“But she just used to brush it off then. And what always got her off out of it was going to work or having to do something.

“And then the next day, things might seem better, But you just never really knew.”

Dermot O’Leary, Olly Murs and Caroline’s twin Jody also feature in Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death, on Wednesday, Channel 4, at 9pm.

* Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected]

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