Instagram May Contain Prosuicidal Or Self-Harm Images

Medscape (5/4, Brooks) reports that according to a study presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting, “Instagram, the popular picture-based social media platform with more than 80 million users, contains ‘alarming’ prosuicidal or self-harm images, despite its stated policy against such content.” Researchers arrived at that conclusion after having conducted “a search on Instagram using the search term, ‘hashtag suicide’ (#suicide), and analyzed the content of the first 60 images and quotes they found.” Investigators discovered that 27% of the images “had either a prosuicide (15%) or pro-self-harm (12%) theme, and none of them identified mental health resources or help.”

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