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Trolls who encourage self-harm to face prison following campaign by tragic Molly Russell's family – Chicago Popular

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Trolls who encourage self-harm to face prison following campaign by tragic Molly Russell's family – Chicago Popular

The encouragement of self-harm is to be made a criminal offence following a campaign by the heartbroken family of Molly Russell.

The move will require social media companies to remove any online content that tries to provoke people to hurt themselves, and any person found to have inspired self-harm in online messages or videos will face prosecution.

Digital Secretary

will introduce the measure as part of changes to the Online Safety Bill, which will return to Parliament next month.

While encouraging suicide online is already illegal, there is no sanction for those who urge vulnerable young people to harm themselves.

The Molly Rose Foundation offers support and practical advice to vulnerable young people

The Molly Rose Foundation offers support and practical advice to vulnerable young people

  • Online Safety Bill changes will see encouraging self-harm a criminal offence 
  • Encouraging suicide online is illegal, but encouraging self harm currently is not 
  • The change follows a campaign by the family of Molly Russell, who died in 2017
  • The Molly Rose Foundation aims to prevent suicide, targeted at under 25s

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