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 following the suicide of a teenager whose dad said the photo-sharing platform had led to her decision to take her life.

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said Thursday evening the platform is making a series of changes to its content principles.

Mosseri said further modifications will be made.

“I have a duty to get this right,” he said. “We can get better and we are committed to discovering and eliminating this content in scale, and working with experts and the wider sector to find ways to support people when they are most in need.”

The call for modifications was endorsed by the British authorities following the household of 14-year-old Molly Russell discovered substance related to depression and suicide on her Instagram account after her departure in 2017.

Her dad, Ian Russell, stated he believes the content Molly viewed on Instagram played a leading role in her departure, a bill that received wide attention in the British press.

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

Instagram is also removing non-graphic images of self-harm from hunts.

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