Molly Russell’s father attacks Instagram’s ‘disappointing’ stance on online harms

Mr Russell stated that Pinterest’s response, together with a plan to accomplice with a third-party monitoring service which might monitor moderation efforts, prompt that the corporate was prepared to be “more transparent”. 

The Molly Rose Foundation, a charity arrange within the schoolgirl’s reminiscence, described the response of the platforms as “underwhelming and unsurprising”. 

Merry Varney, a accomplice on the legislation agency Leigh Day, has acted because the Russell household’s solicitor. 

She stated: “Although some of the contents of these responses are welcome – such as Pinterest’s commitment to third-party auditing – the fact remains that harmful content, depicting self-harm and suicide seen by Molly and which contributed to her death, is still available to view on Instagram. Neither Meta nor the Government have addressed this.

“The Government’s response relies heavily on the Online Safety Bill. Yet it remains very uncertain that the proposed law will properly protect children and prevent technology giants, such as Meta, promoting content to children which normalises feelings of self-hate, encourages them to conceal how they feel and turn away from real-world sources of help – content which Meta did not accept during the inquest into Molly’s death was harmful for a child.”

She added: “At a time when mental health services are under considerable pressure, it is clear that more must be done to address online harms children are being exposed to – in particular, the promotion and availability of harmful content on social media platforms.”

Sources near Michelle Donelan, the Culture Secretary, stated: “Michelle continues to engage with MPs on what’s workable. But she has a reputation for working constructively with colleagues, and if you look at her track record, she always takes a balanced approach to get things over the line.”

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