Instagram announces ban on graphic self-harm images

Mail Online | 2/7/2019 | Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
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Instagram has pledged to ban all graphic images of self-harm after the father of a teenager who took her own life said that the app had helped to kill his daughter.

The photo-sharing platform announced a series of changes to its content rules including a ban on graphic images of self-harm and the removal of non-graphic images of self-harm from searches, hashtags, and the explore tab.

Health - Secretary - Matt - Hancock - Media

Health Secretary Matt Hancock earlier said that social media companies 'need to do more' to curb their impact on teenagers' mental health.

However, Instagram added in their announcement that it will not be entirely removing non-graphic self-harm content, as it does not 'want to stigmatise or isolate people who may be in distress'.

Head - Network - Adam - Mosseri - 'Nothing

Head of the social network, Adam Mosseri, said: 'Nothing is more important to me than the safety of the people who use Instagram. We are not where we need to be on self-harm and suicide, and we need to do more to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

'I have a responsibility to get this right. We will get better and we are committed to finding and removing this content at scale, and working with experts and the wider industry to find ways to support people when they're most in need.'

Site - Bosses - Health - Secretary - Thursday

The site's bosses met the Health Secretary on Thursday afternoon to discuss content on suicide and self-harm.

Before the meeting, Mr Hancock said: 'Social media companies need to do more, in particular, to remove material that encourages suicide and self harm, so I'm going to be asking other social media companies to act.

'I - People - Media - Search - Images

'I don't want people to go onto social media and search for images about suicide to get directed to yet more of that sort of imagery. They need help to not post more about suicide.

'I think that parents around the country and...
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