Mental health: UK could ban social media over suicide images, minister warns

Found on BBC News on Sunday, 27 January 2019
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The minister earlier called on social media giants to "purge" material promoting self-harm and suicide in the wake of links to a teenager's suicide.

Papyrus, a charity that works to prevent youth suicide, said it has been contacted by around 30 families in the past week who believe social media had a part to play in their children's suicides.

Mr Hancock said he was "horrified" to learn of Molly's death and feels "desperately concerned to ensure young people are protected".

Without any question it is a great tragic for the parents, but trying to remove content is not a solution. The more pressing question is why they kill themselves. Censoring is just an attempt to remove the trigger, and that does not fix the underlying problem.