A CORONER today begged social media giants to “get a moral compass” after disturbing posts encouraged a teen girl to end her life.
Molly Russell, 14, trawled the “ghetto of the online world” in the months leading to her death at home in Harrow, Nord-ouest de Londres, en novembre 2017.
De la 16,300 posts the teen saved, shared or liked on Instagram, 2,100 were depression, self-harm or suicide-related.
Froidement, Instagram and Pinterest recommended posts that her family argue “promoted” suicide.
Some emails from the latter social media giant included headings such as “10 depression pins you might like” and “new ideas for you in depression”.
Tragiquement, Molly had reached out to celebrities for help with her depression unaware there was little prospect of reply, the inquest was told.
Senior coroner Andrew Walker has now ruled the disturbing content was “not safe” et “shouldn’t have been available for a child to see”.
He said Molly died from an act of self-harm while suffering from “depression and the negative effects of online content”.
The coroner also told the hearing she was at a “transition period” quand elle était “exposed to material that may have influenced her in a negative way and, in addition, what had started as a depression had become a more serious depressive illness”.
He had previously voiced concerns about platforms – saying the opportunity to make social media safe must not “slip away”.
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In his conclusions, Mr Walker said: “Dans certains cas, the content was particularly graphic, tending to portray self-harm and suicide as an inevitable consequence of a condition that could not be recovered from.
“The sites normalised her condition focusing on a limited and irrational view without any counterbalance of normality.
“It is likely that the above material viewed by Molly, already suffering with a depressive illness and vulnerable due to her age, affected her mental health in a negative way and contributed to her death in a more than minimal way.
“Molly Rose Russell died from an act of self-harm whist suffering from depression and the negative effects of online content.”
The conclusion has finally ended Molly’s family’s five-year wait for answers.
Molly’s family launched a campaign for better internet safety following the teen’s death.
Her dad Ian Russell branded the content Molly was exposed to as “hideous” and said the steps taken by social media companies was “not enough”.
Il ajouta: “I believe social media helped kill my daughter.”
Speaking outside North London Coroner’s Court after the coroner’s conclusion, il a dit: “In the last week we’ve heard much about one tragic story – Molly’s story.
“Tristement, there are too many others similarly affected right now. At this point I just want to say however dark it seems, there is always hope, and if you’re struggling please speak to someone you trust or one of the many wonderful support organisations, rather than engage with online content that may be harmful.
“Please do what you can to live long and stay strong. I’ll give a fuller statement at the church hall when I’ve had time to collect my thoughts and I will be joined by others who would like to say more about online safety.
“Pour l'instant, thanks for your support and reporting this story so sensitively. I hope this will be an important step in bringing about change.”
Tu n'es pas seul
TOUS 90 minutes au Royaume-Uni, une vie est perdue à cause du suicide.
Il ne fait pas de discrimination, touchant la vie des gens dans tous les coins de la société – des sans-abri et des chômeurs aux constructeurs et aux médecins, stars de la réalité et footballeurs.
C’est le plus grand tueur de personnes de moins de 35, plus mortel que le cancer et les accidents de voiture.
Et les hommes sont trois fois plus susceptibles de se suicider que les femmes.
Pourtant, on en parle rarement, un tabou qui menace de continuer son déchaînement meurtrier à moins que nous ne nous arrêtions tous pour en prendre note, à présent.
C'est pourquoi The Sun a lancé la campagne Vous n'êtes pas seul.
L'objectif est qu'en partageant des conseils pratiques, sensibiliser et éliminer les obstacles auxquels les gens sont confrontés lorsqu'ils parlent de leur santé mentale, nous pouvons tous faire notre part pour aider à sauver des vies.
Faisons tous le vœu de demander de l'aide quand nous en avons besoin, et écoute les autres… Tu n'es pas seul.
Si tu, ou quelqu'un que vous connaissez, a besoin d'aide pour faire face à des problèmes de santé mentale, les organisations suivantes apportent leur soutien:
- CALME, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Tête ensemble, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Écouter, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritains, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiété au Royaume-Uni www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Du lundi au vendredi de 9h30 à 22h, Samedi / dimanche 10h-20h
The inquest was told Molly viewed thousands of disturbing posts in the months leading up to her death.
She had created two boards on Pinterest – one titled “Stay Strong” for more positive pins and another called “Nothing to Worry About”, which featured “much more downbeat, negative content”.
Molly saved 469 pins to the Nothing to Worry About board and 155 pins to the Stay Strong board.
A letter written by the teen about self-harming was read out by Mr Walker.
Ça dit: “I don’t know what is wrong with me.
“I didn’t have a reason to be depressed, so what is wrong with me?"
Pinterest apologised for the content Molly viewed and told the inquest the site was “not safe” when the schoolgirl used.
While the head of health and wellbeing at Instagram’s parent company Meta said the content was “safe” à l'époque.
Elizabeth Lagone said she believed it was “safe for people to be able to express themselves” en ligne.
But a child psychiatrist told the inquest some of the shocking videos Molly viewed leading to her death kept him up at night.
Dr Navin Venugopal said: “The content is very disturbing and distressing.
“It certainly affected her behaviour for weeks bearing in mind she saw this over a period of time.
“These videos kept me up at night.”
Prise de parole après l'enquête, NSPCC chief executive Sir Peter Wanless slammed Meta and Pinterest’s “abject failure” to protect Molly from content no child should ever see.
Sir Peter said: “Pour terminer, Molly’s family have the answers they deserve thanks to their determination to see Meta and Pinterest questioned under oath about the part they played in their daughter and sister’s tragic death.
“The ruling should send shockwaves through Silicon Valley – tech companies must expect to be held to account when they put the safety of children second to commercial decisions. The magnitude of this moment for children everywhere cannot be understated.
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“Molly’s family will forever pay the price of Meta and Pinterest’s abject failure to protect her from content no child should see, but the Online Safety Bill is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reverse this imbalance between families and Big Tech.
“This must be a turning point and further delay or watering down of the legislation that addresses preventable abuse of our children would be inconceivable to parents across the UK.”
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