Schoolgirl’s father says ‘social media helped kill my daughter’

Molly Russell's father says social media is a risk to all children

Mr Russell has argued that ‘breaking the stigma that surrounds mental health, self-harm and suicide is literally vital’ (Picture: PA/Rex)

The father of 14-year-old Molly Russell has told her inquest that social media was a key factor in her death.

Ian Russell looked at his daughter’s web history after her death and discovered dozens of accounts exploring depression or suicide she had been
corralled into viewing by algorithms.

US bosses from Pinterest and Instagram’s parent company Meta have been ordered to give evidence after Mr Russell spoke of the torment Molly had suffered online.

‘No-one is immune from such tragedy, it is closer to all of us than we would care to think,’ Mr Russell told North London coroner’s court.

‘Just as Molly would have wanted, it is important to seek to learn whatever we can and then to take all necessary action to prevent such a young life being wasted again.’

The schoolgirl, of Harrow, in north London, followed more than 40 Instagram sites that were connected in some way to anxiety, depression, self-harm or suicide, up to her death in November 2017, Mr Russell continued.

Even after her death, she continued to receive emails from Pinterest with subject lines ‘clearly promoting depressing content’, her father said.

The schoolgirl also used an anonymous Twitter account to reach out to celebrities and influencers for help, an inquest has heard.

Molly Russell followed more than 40 Instagram sites that were connected in some way to anxiety, depression, self-harm or suicide (Picture: PA)

She desperately reached out to celebrities, such as actress Lili Reinhart, for help (Picture: Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

The 14-year-old sent tweets to American actress Lili Reinhart and YouTube star Salice Rose, with one saying: ‘I can’t do it any more.’

Mr Russell, who was taken through the posts from the …read more

Source:: Metro News

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