People with disabilities have shared accounts of the online abuse they face, after MPs backed a petition by model Katie Price calling for new laws.
More than 220,000 people signed reality TV star Ms Price’s petition to make online abuse a criminal offence.
Actress Samantha Renke, who has brittle bone disease, said she received social media messages calling her “vile” and saying “real humans walk on two legs”.
“It’s most certainly affected my mental health,” she told the BBC.
Ms Price – who used to be known as Jordan – created the petition after raising awareness of the trolling that her son Harvey, who has disabilities, received.
Now MPs on the Petitions Committee want to give disabled people protection under hate crime laws.
The politicians said self-regulation of social media “has failed disabled people” and internet giants must also “accept responsibility” over abuse.
“Harvey’s experience is not unique,” said Labour…
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