Instagram for Kids: We can’t guarantee new platform will keep children safe, warns Molly Russell’s father
- iNew reports that child safety campaigner Ian Russell has questioned Instagram’s ability to keep children safe on a new version of its app designed for under 13-year olds, given its failures to protect young people on its existing platform.
- Mr Russell’s 14-year old daughter Molly took her own life in November 2017 after viewing suicide and self-harm content on Instagram, leading him to say the app had “helped kill my daughter”.
- While the company made changes to its community guidelines after details of Molly’s death were made public in 2019, including banning graphic self-harming images and video and adding ‘sensitivity screens’ to blur images, there was “still too much harmful content available on the platform” three years on, he said.
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