Chris Packham says social media is ‘chronic stress’ and pleas for regulation


Chris says his zoologist stepdaughter Megan McCubbin gets more comments about her looks than her expertise as they get set to return to our screens

Chris Packham has spoken out about social media trolls

Chris Packham has told of the pain caused by social media trolls – with his zoologist stepdaughter Megan McCubbin admitting she gets more comments about her looks than her expertise.

Megan became a fan favourite after joining Chris on Springwatch 2020.

And the pair are set to return to our screens with a UK roadtrip in Chris & Meg’s Wild Summer.

But both know all too well the abuse that follows fame, with Chris calling for social media firms to make users “accountable” for their words.

He said: “I do think it should be better regulated. The first thing they could easily do is say that if you want a social media platform, you have to identify yourself as an individual – therefore you become accountable.

Chris and Megan are set to return to our screens



“A lot of the time they [trolls] do an enormous amount of damage in a lazy sort of way and it’s a chronic stress on people. It needs addressing.”

Megan, who has also hosted wildlife slots on ITV’s This Morning, says for young women – particularly scientists – the social media landscape is “incredibly challenging”.

She said: “I can make a post on something I might be in, and I get more comments about the way that I look, than what I’m saying.

Chris Packham and Megan at the TV Choice Awards in 2019



“When I post anything, I’ll think in the back of my head : “Am I looking respectable? Am I am going to get posts more about my body and face than what I am talking about?’.”

But she will not be put off pursuing her passion and wants to change clichéd ideas about what a scientist should look like.

“Do we have to be middle-aged males with beards?” she said. “Changing what a credible scientist is is a big thing.”

Chris and Meg’s Wild Summer, starts Sunday 29, at 8.30pm, on BBC2.

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