Molly Russell died by 'self-harm while suffering from depression' due to 'online content'

Molly, from Harrow, had viewed thousands of self-harm images before her death in November 2017.

Social media companies were “ignorantly blind” to the dangers of suicidal material on the internet and contributed to the death of Molly Russell, her inquest heard on Wednesday.

Academics have proved the bleak and harmful material “promotes, encourages, and normalises negative self-beliefs and worthlessness”, her family’s lawyer said.

“It encourages a false sense of belonging to a community that certainly can’t do anything to help,” Oliver Sanders, KC, told the inquest.

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