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Prince William calls for greater security on social networks after the coroner implicated the platforms in the death of a girl

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prince william on Friday he said online safety has to be a “prerequisite, not an afterthought” following a coroner’s conclusion that a 14-year-old British girl died after suffering depression from the “negative effects” of social media. , which caused her to hurt herself.

“No parent should have to put up with what Ian Russell and his family have been through,” William tweeted from the official account of the Prince and Princess of Wales. “They have been incredibly brave. Online safety for our children and young people should be a prerequisite, not an afterthought.”

He signed the tweet “W”, indicating that it was written personally.

A London coroner concluded on Friday that Molly Russell, a 14-year-old girl who killed herself in 2017, was deeply affected by the self-harm and suicide-related content she saw on Instagram and Pinterest before her death.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Sir Donald Gosling at Westminster Abbey on December 11, 2019 in London, England.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Sir Donald Gosling at Westminster Abbey on December 11, 2019 in London, England.
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“It is likely that the material viewed by Molly … adversely affected her mental health and contributed to her death in a more than minimal way,” Coroner Andrew Walker said Friday. “It would not be safe to leave suicide as a conclusion. She died from an act of self-harm while suffering from depression and the negative effects of online content.”

Walker added that he planned to write to the parent company of Instagram, Meta and Pinterest, as well as writing a “prevention of future deaths” report regarding social media.

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Molly Russell, 14, committed suicide in part due to "Negative effects" from social media, a coroner said Friday.

Molly Russell, 14, killed herself in part due to the “negative effects” of social media, a coroner said Friday.
(Molly Russell Foundation)

Whistleblowers like Frances Haugen, who testified in Congress last year that Facebook (whose parent company is also Meta) is harmful to children, have spoken out against the dangers of social media, especially for children.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton meet Ian Russell, the father of Molly Russell, who was just 14 years old when she committed suicide, during the Shout's Crisis Volunteer celebration event at the Troubadour White City Theater on November 12, 2019 in London. , England.

Prince William and Kate Middleton meet Ian Russell, the father of Molly Russell, who was just 14 years old when she committed suicide, during the Shout’s Crisis Volunteer celebration event at the Troubadour White City Theater on November 12, 2019 in London. , England.
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Molly’s father, Ian Russell, told reporters on Friday: “It’s time to protect our innocent young people rather than allow platforms to prioritize their profits by monetizing children’s misery.”

The coroner said the platforms’ algorithms allowed Molly to view the content without having to search for it. She said the content “should not have been available for a child to view.”

Prince William walking his three children, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte, to school on Tuesday, September 1, 2019. 7, with Kate Middleton.

Prince William walking his three children, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte, to school on Tuesday, September 1, 2019. 7, with Kate Middleton.
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The Prince of Wales reached out to the family in a show of support following Molly’s death. In 2016, he also created an anti-bullying task force.

Five years ago, he did a television interview about the dangers of social media following the suicide death of a 17-year-old named Felix Alexander.

“I think it’s worth reminding everyone that the human tragedy that we’re talking about here isn’t just about companies and things online, it’s actually real lives that are affected,” he said. “And the consequences, that is the most important thing, the consequences of what happens if things are not controlled in terms of what we say and do. We remain responsible for our own actions online – this anonymity, as were you” . saying, it’s very, very dangerous.

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William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, have three children: Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4.

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