Boris Johnson urges action on social media trolls after Caroline Flack’s death

Boris Johnson wants social media firms to “go further” in clamping down on web trolls in the aftermath of Caroline Flack’s death.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman described the Love Island star’s suspected suicide as a “tragedy”.

He urged tech giants to ramp up work to combat trolling.

“Caroline’s death is a tragedy and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time,” said the spokesman.

“The industry must continue their efforts to go further.

“We expect them to have robust processes in place for removing content breaching their acceptable use policies.”

The spokesman said the decision to prosecute Caroline was a “matter for the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service)”.

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The TV presenter was found dead at the age of 40 at her home in east London on Saturday, after taking her own life.

Flack, who was described as "vulnerable" by her management, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton at her former flat in north London in a court hearing in December.

Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court heard that, in the aftermath of the alleged incident, Flack told police "I did it" and then warned she would kill herself.

Flack was arrested and charged with assault by beating after police were called to her flat in Islington on December 12.

The Metropolitan Police declined to comment, although further detail may emerge at an inquest.

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Flack stepped down from presenting the current winter series of Love Island after the alleged assault.

The ITV programme did not air on Sunday night, but will be back on Monday with a tribute to Flack.

An ITV spokeswoman said: "Many people at ITV knew Caroline well and held her in great affection.

"All of us are absolutely devastated at this tragic news.

"After careful consultation between Caroline's representatives and the Love Island production team and given how close we still are to the news of Caroline's tragic death we have decided not to broadcast tonight's Love Island out of respect for Caroline's family.

"Love Island will return tomorrow night which will include a tribute to Caroline who will be forever in our hearts."

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