Block self-harm ma­te­rial: UK min­is­ter tells Google, Face­book

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Lon­don: In­ter­net gi­ants like Google, Face­book and Twit­ter must take steps to block the spread of ma­te­rial that tells peo­ple how to end their lives, Bri­tain’s min­is­ter for sui­cide pre­ven­tion has de­manded. In an in­ter­view with the Daily Tele­graph, Jackie Doyle-price said that sites like Wikipedia, Google, Face­book and Twit­ter were be­hav­ing like “un­ruly teenagers” who had to be “dragged, kick­ing and scream­ing” into tak­ing ac­tion.

She was ap­pointed as Bri­tain’s first sui­cide pre­ven­tion min­is­ter in Oc­to­ber, The Daily Mail re­ported on Mon­day.

In­ter­net gi­ants treat self-harm should meth­ods in the same way they tackle on­line ex­trem­ist con­tent, the min­is­ter said in the in­ter­view, adding that the com­pa­nies could face reg­u­la­tion if they fail to take ac­tion on such ma­te­rial.

“Pub­li­cis­ing meth­ods of how to take your own life are just as ir­re­spon­si­ble as pub­lish­ing hate videos and ter­ror­ism videos. It’s the same thing; it leads to death and it leads to death that is pre­ventable,” the min­is­ter was quoted as say­ing by The Daily Tele­graph.

The min­is­ter also re­vealed plans to ex­pand men­tal health ser­vices for chil­dren in Bri­tain which would also help com­bat men­tal dis­tress.

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