Instagram carried out, however, preventive measures to suicide.
A 16-year-old Malaysian asked her followers on Instagram or not they are ready to make it. 69 percent voted ‘yes’, to which she of her life took.
On the social media placed the teen in a photo with the caption ‘very important, help me to choose between D or L’. Her followers could have one of two choices to click. Two-thirds chose ‘D’. They would be of a building jumped, reports Reuters.
Incitement to suicide is – both in Belgium and in Malaysia – a criminal offence. The Instagram followers which for her death, according to a Malaysian lawyer found guilty can be. The crime is in Malaysia, the death penalty or a prison sentence of up to twenty years and a fine. Many adapted their voice, which ultimately resulted in 88% for ‘L’ agreed, but the damage had already been done.
‘In such cases is to apportion blame according to me not relevant’, says Kirsten Pauwels, director of the Zelfmoordlijn. “This incident should not be reduced to a single post on Instagram, it was probably the last drop that made the bucket did overflow.’
The local minister of Youth, regrets the incident and calls for more commitment in terms of mental health in the country. The Southeast Asian country is struggling already with rising suicide rates: from 1.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (between 2007 and 2010, figures Asia One) to 5.5 cases per 100,000 population (2019, numbers, World Population Review). For comparison: in Belgium it is 20,7 zelfdodingen per 100,000 inhabitants.
In February, it announced that Instagram that the ‘sensitivity screens’ would enter to the content of possible suicide and harm is easier to detect and to block. That happened as a result of the suicide of the 14-year-old Molly Russell in 2017. Her parents were suicidal photos and messages on her Instagram account and gave the company partly to blame for the loss of their daughter.
Zelfmoordlijn wrote earlier guidelines on Facebook that, on the basis of a reporting system more effective could indent content with a suicidal edge. “With Instagram, that under Facebook falls, we still have no contact,” gives Pauwels. ‘Anyway, if you are on social media between two fires. On the one hand, the sometimes rock-hard content increase the risk of suicide. On the other hand, is a small community, in which the threshold to suicidal thoughts to talk to for some it is lower.’
The Zelfmoordlijn always has a listening ear ready: via the toll-free number 1813 (available 24/7) or online chat (every day from 18h30 to 22h).