Speaking to BBC Breakfast, pop star Dua Lipa urged users to “be nicer to one another” online, for the greater good.
“Social media can be such an amazing tool and it can be so fun to share things but at the same time it’s almost a breeding ground for hate and anxiety,” said Dua, whose first name means “love” in her mother tongue, Albanian.
“People feel like they can say things because they’re hiding behind a computer screen and for me it’s important to use social media in bite sizes – as long as it makes me feel good, and the second it doesn’t, I like to take some time away from it.”
The 24-year-old told host Louise Minchin: “Some days I don’t read into the comments.
“Some days maybe I feel little bit more vulnerable and I dive in and I almost go looking for things I don’t want to see.”
The One Kiss singer declared it should be everybody’s mission online to “to share positivity and encourage kindness”.
“I feel like that’s something we should all do, we should encourage kindness and protect our fans and protect ourselves – just be nicer to one another. I feel like we’d all have a much better experience on social media if that was the case.
“You can’t change everyone’s mind on that and some people use it as a form of release, in whatever way that may be – sometimes at the expense of others. But it’s baby steps. Hopefully we can try and make it a much safer experience for everyone.”