In the UK, the coroner accused the Instagram and Pinterest algorithms for a teenager’s death
The senior coronet Andrew Walker called the death of 14-year-old Molly Rose Russell Act of Affects due to depression and the negative consequences of online content. This is written by BBC.
“It would be unsafe to leave suicide as a conclusion [about the causes of death],” said Walker.
In the UK, the conclusion of the coroners is equivalent to a court decision.
The expert said that Instagram and Pinterest used algorithms leading to the “periods of binge” by materials, some of which were selected and provided to the schoolgirl without its request.
“Some content romanticized acts of self -mutilation from young people in relation to himself, and the other contributed to isolation and prevented the discussion of the problem with those who could help,” Walker said.
According to The Guardian, on the eve of her death, Russell retained, like or published more than 2,000 posts on Instagram associated with suicide, depression or harm to itself. The girl also watched 138 videos of a similar nature, including episodes with the rating “15+” and “18+” from the series “13 reasons why” .
The children’s psychiatrist-consultant said at the hearing that he could not sleep normally for several weeks after studying the content on Instagram, which Russell saw shortly before his death.
In the account of the girls on Pinterest, investigators found hundreds of images related to acquaintance and suicide. It also turned out that the platform sent the schoolgirl emails with recommendations for content with such headings as “10 pins about depression that you might like”.
“It is likely that the aforementioned material, viewed by Molly, already suffering from a depressive disease and vulnerability in view of his age, negatively influenced it and more than minimally contributed to the death of the child,” Waker said.
Representatives of Meta and Pinterest apologized and admitted that British Army Twitter Russell was faced with content on platforms that should not be there.
“We strive to ensure that Instagram provide positive experience for everyone, especially adolescents. We will carefully consider the complete report of the coroner when he provides it, ”said Meta representative.
Pinterest noted that they constantly improve the platform and strive to guarantee security for all.
“We will consider the coroner’s report with caution,” the company said.
In December 2021, the AMAZON virtual assistant ALEXA offered a 10-year-old child to perform a deadly challenger.
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