Online trolling, cyber bullying, and hateful comments have been a huge problem, and one of the biggest problems with social media since it first came about.
But recently, some members of the Royal family have fallen victim to a lot of unwarranted abuse on the internet.
The ongoing abuse targeted at Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton has sparked the Royal family to take action and release a statement, outlining exactly what they reserve the right to do, should anyone break their social media guidelines.
The guidelines have been put in place to create a ‘safe environment on all social media channels run by The Royal Family, Clarence House and Kensington Palace.’
Reading the statement published on the website, it's humiliating that it has come to what feels like a national telling-off, in order to remind social media users that sending abusive comments will not be tolerated.
It does beg the question, how has it come to this?
We are taught these things in school - yet there are full-grown adults participating in what can only be described as bullying, particularly towards the Duchess of Sussex.
What’s more, some people responded to the statement with further hateful comments targeted at Meghan Markle.
These are just some of the kinds of tweets that are posted on a daily basis that attack Meghan Markle.
Interestingly, the accounts replying with nasty comments are all anonymous.
However, there were some responses that restored our faith in humanity.
The statement continued to point out that they reserve the right to delete, block, or even take steps with law enforcement to anyone who breached the following guidelines when engaging with the Royal family’s social media:
“Contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence.
Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
Breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves.
Be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible.
Contain any advertising or promote any services.”
We can only hope that social media users take this into account, and think before they say harmful things about the The Sussexs and Cambridges, who represent us on a world stage, making positive steps and participating in engagements on behalf of our country.
You can read the full statement here.