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Instagram bans on graphic imagery leading to self-harm or suicide – Safety of people is more important.

Father Ian Russell said his daughter took her own life after looking at pictures on the social network that glorified self-harm and suicide

The graphic content, in any form, if leads or causes someone’s death, should not be allowed on a platform wherein most of lovers share their activities over network adding daily millions users. Following an outcry over death of British teenager Molly Russell in 2007, who attempted suicide inspired by graphic suicide-related images on both Instagram and Pinterest, crack down of Instagram against such killing material seems right.

14-year-old Molly took her own life after handing in her homework and returning to her family home

The Instagram extends its ban on graphic content to cover cartoons and memes as well as photos. “We will no longer allow fictional depictions of self-harm or suicide on Instagram, such as drawings or memes or content from films or comics that use graphic imagery,” it said in a blog post. “We will also remove other imagery that may not show self-harm or suicide, but does include associated materials or methods.”

The company further added that accounts sharing suicide and self-harm related content won’t be recommended in search or explore, and that it will be promoting suicide prevention resources from organizations like the Samaritans and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

” We understand that content which could be helpful to some may be harmful to others. In my conversations with young people who have struggled with these issues, I’ve heard that the same image might be helpful to someone one day, but triggering the next. That’s why we don’t allow people to share content that encourages or promotes self-harm or suicide. We have never permitted that.”, Company says.

Engadget reports that , “Back in February, the company announced it would combat self-harm images by hiding them behind sensitivity screens. It has now added the sensitivity screens to more than 834,000 pieces of content, and it says it found 77 percent of the content before it was reported.

According to the World Health Organization, close to 800,000 people die each year from suicide, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 29. In the US, youth suicide has increased 56 percent in the last decade. Experts suggest that social media platforms could help stem this tide by monitoring accounts for signs of suicidal thoughts, running online awareness programs and training both young people and adults to recognize warning signs in their peers.”

Determined Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri says, “Any time we hear about someone harming themselves and who may have been influenced by what they saw on our platforms, we are reminded of the struggles many young people face on and offline. We will continue working to keep everyone safe on Instagram, while at the same time making it possible for people to access support that can make a difference when they need it the most.”

Updated on 10:42 am PKT | Mallahpost

Sources and images courtesy : Instagram-press , and Engadget

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