In the UK, talking about blocking social media for the benefit of the children

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The Minister of health, UK, Matthew Hancock said that the authorities are ready to block access to social networks in case they do not come up with an effective way of dealing with potentially dangerous content. About it reports BBC News.

We are talking about materials that promote suicide and can push teenagers to harm themselves (selfharm). Hancock stressed that the government has all powers to ban the social network in the country, but he would prefer that the services engaged in combating such content.

The Minister sent letters to the administrations of Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Apple, Google and Facebook, which greeted their steps in this struggle and added that the authorities needed “more actions”.

On the regulation of potentially hazardous materials at the sites again talking after the suicide of 14-year-old Molly Russell. Before his death the teenager had watched a lot of videos about the suicide. “Instagram has helped to kill my daughter,” said the father of the deceased.

In Instagram announced that are currently working with an expert panel whose members advise the administration on issues “complex and nuanced” aspects of psychological health and selfharm. While on the site disturbing the content is not deleted: instead, users who view such materials to go to groups that can provide support. In Instagram also assured that the fully review its policy on this issue.

Charity Papyrus, which employees are engaged in work to prevent teenage suicide, reported 30 complaints only last week. Basically it is the treatment of parents who believe that social media is to blame for the suicide of their children.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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