Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price warns social media bosses could face arrest over self-harm images

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THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price has warned that social media executives could face arrest over self harm images which have become as dangerous as grooming.

The MP made the comments in her capacity as suicide prevention minister.

Firms including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube could face arrest if they continue to fail to regulate and rein in the threat of online harms that face users.

The minister said fines could be a way to enforce a new law, but also highlighted that companies should be held legally accountable for content being hosted on their platforms.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today’s programme she said ‘nothing is off the table’, when asked whether or not social media bosses could be arrested if they set foot in the UK.

Ms Doyle Price said the images of suicide and self-harm which are available online, and which teenagers such as Molly Russell viewed before she took her own life have now become as dangerous as grooming.

‘I have no doubt that the suicide and self-harm content of the kind that Molly viewed had the effect of normalising self-harm.

‘In normalising it, it has an effect akin to grooming. We have embraced the liberal nature of social media platforms, but we need to protect ourselves and our children from the harm which can be caused by both content and behaviour.’

At a speech to the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) conference she said: ‘Many of you in this room will have been moved by the story of Molly Russell which was recently in the news. I’m very grateful to her father Ian for his courage in sharing her story and I’ve viewed the material that Molly accessed using her Instagram account

‘We must look at the impact of harmful suicide and self-harm content online. I am hugely encouraged that the government’s forthcoming White Paper to address online harms will consider what more can be done to address this harmful content online.’

Ms Doyle Price added that she was due to meet Facebook to discuss the issue and said the government was prepared to introduce regulation if social media did not act.

‘If companies cannot behave responsibly and protect their users, we will legislate. Providers ought to want to do this. They shouldn’t wait for government to tell them what to do. It says a lot about the values of companies if they do not take action voluntarily.’

3 Responses to "Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price warns social media bosses could face arrest over self-harm images"

  1. Catching the Bus (Ant Auger)   February 7, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I agree there needs to be filters and some stuff not allowed on the web.
    Like how to make a nuclear bomb or how to harm society.

    I remeber the web in the 90’s and the very first thing blocked on the web was for commercial reasons Napster.
    Not the child porn, not the suicide not the illegal ebay items sold. But Napster and file sharing. I’ve always found that interesting.
    Then it was independant media like IndyMedia.

    Now Facebook is removing political stuff that is not pro mainstream. through the Atlantic council a Nato group with Henry kissinger and all the good guys from history leading it.
    My concern is obvious on that one.

    The government and internet service providers and websites could of stop suicide content and child porn from being on there services for decades. reason is why have they not. But blocked political stuff?
    Reason they have not blocked child porn or illegal items being sold is they get hosting fees and money from items sold.

    But on something we all agree on like banning child porn or suicide images they drag there feet because that would mean regulation and the Tories don’t believe in regulation unless its on independent media and political sites.

    I’ve just learned a Lesson .
    The ruling elite don’t like any government or regulation saying it is coercion.

    Then use coercion on the rival smaller businesses, people and workers.

  2. Valen (Myles) Cook   February 12, 2019 at 10:20 am

    How about some arrests and criminal convictions of Tory MPs who have driven disabled and mentally unwell benefit claimants to suicide with their policies? That would be a much better use of police and court time.

  3. Catching the Bus (Ant Auger)   February 12, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    The establishment Never take personal responsibility for there lifestyle choices and actions. It’s just us serfs who have too.

    It’s a great system isn’t it remove all support. then say how shocking there committing suicide. Then have to remove any content for PR purposes because of family members of victims are kicking up a stink in the media. then the suicides continue because of the system.
    Then they say theres no helping those kinds of people lets kill them.

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