The Head of Instagram Says the Company is Well Aware Self-Injurious Posts are a Problem on the Platform

Instagram self-injurious posts are a serious matter and the company says it’s introducing measures to better police such content…

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, penned an op-ed for The Telegraph, in which he admits the site hasn’t effectively dealt with self-injurious posts and suicidal content.

“We are not yet where we need to be on the issues of suicide and self-harm. We need to do everything we can to keep the most vulnerable people who use our platform safe.”

Mosseri, a parent himself, expressed his sincere condolences over the tragic death of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life in 2017. 

Instagram Self-Injurious Post Problem Acknowledged by the Social Site

Mosseri says even though the platform explicitly bans any such images and video, it continues to struggle to proactively identify and police all of it.

Currently, Instagram mostly relies on its user community to report these types of policy violations. However, the head explains the company is investing in technology designed to find this very kind of content before it reaches users. Additionally, the site is also working on methods to make such pics and video less discoverable.

Instagram already trains engineers and content reviewers on ways to find these posts. It’s also put time and effort into preventing related images, hashtags, account, and type-ahead suggestions from spreading.

Anyone considering suicide or who is anxious, depressed, upset, or needs to talk, there are people who want to help: Text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, at any time, about any type of crisis or visit: http://www.crisistextline.org/ Help is also through The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.