Minister attacks ‘despicable’ failure of social media firms on harmful content

Criticism comes after UK report shows ‘clear and persistent problem’ six years after death of Molly Russell

Social media firms have been accused of a “despicable” failure to act on harmful content after new research showed that material related to suicide, self-harm and depression is still prevalent on Instagram, TikTok and Pinterest six years after Molly Russell’s death.

Michelle Donelan, the technology secretary, spoke after the Molly Rose Foundation, a suicide prevention charity established by Molly’s family, published a report showing a “clear and persistent problem” with readily available and discoverable harmful content on the platforms.

In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on freephone 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In the US, you can call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 988, chat on 988lifeline.org, or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at befrienders.org

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The Guardian

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