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Social Media Played a Role In UK Teen’s Death, Judge Says

  • Instagram, Pinterest posts were factor in Russell’s death
  • Images “romanticized acts of self-harm,” London coroner says
Molly Russell

Molly Russell

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Online material from sites including Meta Platforms Inc.’s Instagram and Pinterest Inc. played a “more than minimal” part in a teenager girl’s death, according to a London judge. 

Coroner Andrew Walker concluded Friday that Molly Russell’s death in 2017 at the the age of 14, would “not be safe” to be called suicide and was instead “an act of self-harm whilst suffering from depression and the negative effects of online content.”