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Love Island hit with over 200 Ofcom complaints over Gemma Owen, 19, and Davide Sanclimenti, 27, kiss amid backlash over age gap

The kiss between Gemma Owen and Davide Sanclimenti aired on Love Island’s June 7 episode (Picture: ITV)

Love Island has reportedly received more than 200 Ofcom complaints from viewers outraged by the age gap between Gemma Owen and David Sanclimenti.

The ITV2 dating series returned on June 6 and the first episodes focused on the blossoming romance between Gemma, who is daughter of footballer Michael Owen, and Italian heartthrob David.

However, the eight-year age difference between the two has sparked an ongoing debate as many feel Gemma, 19, was too young for David, 27.

Ofcom has now released its list of complaints for the past week, showing that Love Island received 167 complaints for its June 7 episode, which featured a kiss between Gemma and Davide.

It also earned 93 complaints for its June 12 episode which, again, appeared to be in relation to the debate about the contestants’ ages.

Davide chose to couple up with Gemma after he walked in as a bombshell on day one, despite her being paired with former contestant Liam Llewellyn.

However, the love triangle turned into a square when Luka Bish revealed he fancied Gemma and later chose to couple up with her, leaving Davide to choose Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu who he also had a romantic connection with.

What is Ofcom and what does it cover?

Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

The watchdog makes sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.

Its rules for television and radio programmes are set out in the Broadcasting Code.

The rules in the Broadcasting Code also apply to the BBC iPlayer.

This Broadcasting Code is the rule book that broadcasters have to follow and it covers a number of areas, including; protecting the under-18s, protecting audiences from harmful and/or offensive material and ensuring that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.

Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.

Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, they assess it to see if it needs further investigation.

If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.

An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.

Ofcom can also launch investigations in the absence of a complaint from a viewer or listener.

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