Royal family issues new social media guidelines to deter trolls

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Britain's royal family is warning that it will block trolls posting offensive messages on its social media channels - and may report offenders to the police.

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While the palace usually remains impartial and tight-lipped regarding online coverage of the royals (they sometimes speak out to categorically deny certain inflammatory headlines), the new guidelines shared by both Kensington Palace and Clarence House highlight the importance of creating a "safe environment on all social media channels".

In January, Hello! magazine reported a rise in sexist and racist comments directed at the women, prompting the United Kingdom publication to launch its #HelloToKindness campaign focused on promoting kindness on social media.

"The aim of our social media channels is to create an environment where our community can engage safely in debate and is free to make comments, questions and suggestions", the guidelines read.

Of course, there's no official comment from the palace on rumored trips-they're quite busy at the moment making a rare statement, that Meghan and Harry will not raise their baby gender-neutrally-so take it with a grain of salt.

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The guidelines warn comments that breach the guidelines could be sent to law enforcement for investigation "as we feel necessary or is required by law".

It comes after reported abuse directed at Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, 37, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry in late April.

The family and Kensington Palace - which is responsible for the Duchesses and their husbands, Harry and William - have millions of followers on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles.

A handful made violent threats towards the two women, while others targeted "rival" fans for vicious personal abuse.

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and ex-wife of the queen's second son Prince Andrew, called on social media firms to do more following the Hello!

Before the birth of social media, their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was a constant target for British tabloids and paparazzi who hounded her every move.