Sorry. I have to do this.
So, I haven’t really seen people sending hate to Katie on twitter, the only thing people actually do is hate on Laurel( even her sometimes) on tumblr/twitter/etc, but without sending to her or even using tags that her fans use. Really. The majority of the fandom knows…
Maybe you haven’t seen it, but I have seen it. It is on Facebook, tumblr, imdb.com, her own personally blog, Instagram. Twitter. Other online boards. So I don’t think they were trying to do as you suggested, but only to stop any hate on the actress they are a fan of, which I’m sure you could appreciate.
Unfortunately a few trolls make it unenjoyable for others.
The original person who raised the issue was Robbie Amell, Stephen’s cousin who is in the new show The Tomorrow People. So it must have been bad for him to say something to the two actresses involved, Emily and Katie - who are both nice ladies and are friends on the show.
Also do you really think that hate content does not find its way some way to the person involved, someone will see it and may mention it, just like Robbie did.
IMO the request was genuine in order to stop or curb the hate, surely there is nothing wrong with that, is there?
One thing - It doesn’t look like it was Robbie Amell - it was someone using his name (and spelling it incorrectly). So I don’t think that can be used to gauge how bad things are.