Instagram will introduce "screens of sensitivity" to hide images of self-mutilation in order to protect young people who use the site, announced the head of the application.
Adam Mosseri, who took over Instagram after the founders' sudden departure from the app in 2018, promised a series of changes after the death of British teenager Molly Russell, whose parents believe she he's suicidal after being exposed to graphic images of self-harm. and suicide on Instagram and Pinterest.
The Facebook app already bans publications that encourage or encourage suicide or self-injury, said Mosseri, but she struggles to find these publications to remove them, while ensuring that users can still share images related to these subjects so as to: allow them to express themselves but do not constitute an incentive.
This includes "sensitivity screens" for self-mutilation images, which blur the image behind it until the user explicitly indicates that he wishes to visualize the graphic content. . The company has also prevented clipping images from appearing in searches, hashtags, or account recommendations. Mosseri said the changes would make it more difficult to view these images.
The company also invests in "skilled engineers and content reviewers" who work "24 hours a day to prevent people from finding self-injury images more easily," Mosseri said in an article published for the newspaper. Telegraph.
Mosseri also pledged to "better help people who post images that they may be involved in self-harm or suicide."
"We already offer resources to people who are looking for hashtags, but we are working on several ways to help, for example by connecting them with organizations we work with, such as Papyrus and Samaritans," he said.
State Secretary for Health, Matt Hancock, has promised Mosseri, a week after the ultimatum, to better protect children on Instagram and Facebook's main application, or to face the law.
"It's appalling to see how easy it is to access this content online and I do not doubt the harm that this material can cause, especially for young people," Hancock wrote at the end of the month. of January. "It's time for Internet and social media providers to intensify and purge this content once and for all.
"As health secretary, I am particularly concerned about the content that leads to self harm and promotes suicide.
"Suicide is now the leading cause of death among young people under the age of 20. Levels of self-harm increase in teenage girls in particular. Like all parents, this week, I was horrified to learn that Molly Russell, 14, was tragically suicidal. Molly was only two years older than my own daughter and I feel desperate to protect young people, "added Hancock.
In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted at 116 123 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the United States, the national course of action for suicide prevention is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service, Lifeline, is 13 11 14. You will find other international hotlines on suicide at www.befrienders. org.