The investigation into Molly Russell’s death began nearly five years before the teenager took his own life.A 14-year-old girl was found viewing content related to depression, self-harm and suicide. Her family has since campaigned to make the internet safer.
An inquest will examine whether algorithms used by social media companies to keep users engaged by providing relevant content played a role in her death.
Molly, from Harrow, north west London, was known to be a frequent user of the social media platforms Instagram and Pinterest in the months leading up to her suicide.
Earlier hearings asked her how she was involved in content that “caused concern.”
After her death, her father, Ian Russell, has pushed for better regulation of social media platforms to protect young people from potentially harmful content.
Mr Russell told BBC News:
Instagram’s parent company, Meta, has been accused of delaying the investigation several times due to procedural issues with content submissions.
The inquest was postponed to March after more than 1,500 new posts were published.
Senior Meta and Pinterest employees are scheduled to present evidence at the North London Coroner’s Court in Barnett today.
The court had previously heard that Molly tweeted or retweeted 460 times on Twitter, liked 4,100 tweets, followed 116 accounts, and had 42 followers.
She’s much more active on Pinterest, with over 15,000 engagements, including 3,000 saves, in the last six months of her life.
Molly didn’t have a Facebook profile. But during the last six months of her life, she was involved in Instagram posts an average of 130 times a day.
This included 3,500 shares, 11,000 likes, and 5,000 saves during that period.
Because Molly tragically took her own life, Russell founded the Molly Rose Foundation, a suicide prevention charity in her name.
Ged Flynn, CEO of Papyrus, which works to prevent youth suicide, said Russell’s campaign “has made a significant contribution to the suicide prevention agenda of this country.”
He added: “We must change the way we embrace the power of tech giants.”
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