Feb 5, 2019

Self-harm content 'grooms people to take own lives'

Harmful suicide and self-harm content online "Has the effect of grooming people to take their own lives", the suicide prevention minister has said. Jackie Doyle-Price has told the BBC that social media companies must "Step up" to protect vulnerable users. PA. Ms Doyle-Price said the father of Molly Russell, who took her own life in 2017 aged 14, had done much to highlight the issue. The boss of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, is due to meet the health secretary this week over the platform's handling of content promoting self-harm and suicide. Her father said his family reported such images to Instagram, but the social media company did nothing.

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