Jan 24, 2019

Facebook 'sorry' for distressing suicide posts on Instagram

Facebook has said it is "Deeply sorry" after it emerged a teenager who took her own life had viewed disturbing content about suicide on social media. Facebook, which owns Instagram, said graphic content which sensationalises self-harm and suicide "Has no place on our platform". The Post Office said it would "Never target ads based on inappropriate or harmful content" and the British Heart Foundation said "We will be asking Instagram to act swiftly to prevent such content from being so easily accessible, shared and to protect people from viewing it". "Instagram said:"We do not allow content that promotes or glorifies eating disorders, self-harm or suicide and work hard to remove it. "Responding to concern over the placement of adverts, it said:"Ads on Instagram are not targeted to appear next to certain videos or content.

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