As part of the new duty of care guidelines, ITV have revealed Winter Love Island contestants won't be allowed active Instagram accounts while they're in the villa.
Ahead of the new series of Love Island launching later this month, the channel have revealed contestants won't be able to hand over the reigns of their Instagram and Twitter account to a friend or family member, as has happened in previous years. The guidelines read:
"As part of extended measures to protect both the Islanders and their families from the adverse effects of social media, participants will be asked to pause handles and accounts on their social media platforms for the duration of their time on the show. Islanders’ accounts will remain dormant while they are in the Villa, so that nothing is published on their behalf."
This is possibly due to criticism of the social media accounts of last year's Love Island contestants, when Davide's friends were forced to apologise over "heat of the moment" post.
After sharing a post which some called out as sexist and slut-shaming, Davide's team took to the social platform again to share an apology for their comments. "Following yesterday’s post, we would like to clarify that as Davide’s friends, it can be frustrating to see someone play with his emotions and in the heat of the moment felt the need to voice it," his team wrote.
It will be interesting to see how this impacts the Love Islanders' follower counts and prospects when they come out of the villa. For now, we're just excited for the show to get going!
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