Instagram ‘Heartbroken’ Over Girl Who Posted An IG Poll And Then Took Her Own Life

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Instagram executives are heartbroken over the report of a 16-year-old girl Sarawakian girl who had posted a poll on the platform’s stories feature and died by suicide.

According to reports, the poll she posted had asked her followers if she should continue living or if she should die and more than half of respondents voted in favour of her dying.

At the moment, Instagram’s executives said it’s too soon to say if they would take any action against account holders who took part in the poll. The app’s Head of Product, Vishal Shah, told UK Parliament’s MPs that the social media company will be looking into whether they might need to make some changes to their policies.

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The news is certainly very shocking and deeply saddening,

There are cases... where our responsibility around keeping our community safe and supportive is tested and we are constantly looking at our policies.

We are deeply looking at whether the products, on balance, are matching the expectations that we created them with.

Meanwhile, the company’s Head of Public Policy, Karina Newton added that the poll posted by the 16-year-old would have violated the company’s guidelines.

Instagram has measures to detect “self-harm thoughts” and will remove certain posts while offering support where appropriate. For example, if a user of the app were to do a search on the word “suicide”, a pop-up would appear offering to put them in touch with organisations that would be able to help.

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However, Vishal Shah said that the way people express mental-health issues is constantly evolving, making it difficult for them to detect it on the platform.

They had been questioned about the matter in Westminster where they were appearing as part of an inquiry by UK’s Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee into immersive and addictive technologies.

Under Malaysian law, suicide is considered as a criminal offence, and those found guilty of encouraging or assisting in the suicide of a minor could be sentenced to death or jailed for up to 20 years.

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