Instagram Changes Rules on Self-Harm Postings After Suicide

Instagram has consented to prohibit picture images of self-harm after objections were raised in Britain after the suicide of a teen whose dad said the photo-sharing system had contributed to her decision to take her own life.

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said Thursday evening the platform is making a string of modifications to its content rules.

Mosseri said additional changes will be made.

“I have a duty to get this right,” he said. “We will get better and we’re devoted to finding and removing this content at scaleand working together with specialists and the wider sector to find ways to support people when they are most in need.”

The call for changes has been backed by the British authorities after the family of 14-year-old Molly Russell discovered substance linked to depression and suicide on her Instagram account after her departure in 2017.

Her father, Ian Russell, stated he believes the content Molly seen on Instagram played a contributing role in her departure, a bill that received broad attention in the British media.

The changes were announced after Instagram and other tech firms, including Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter, met with British Health Secretary Matt Hancock and representatives from the Samaritans, a mental health charity which works to prevent suicide.

Instagram is also removing non-graphic pictures of self-harm out of hunts.

Facebook, that possesses Instagram, said in an announcement that independent specialists suggest that Facebook should”allow individuals to discuss admissions of self-harm and suicidal thoughts but should not permit individuals to discuss content promoting it”


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