Online Safety Bill amendment brought forward after Molly Russell inquest

Posted: 3rd October 2022

An Online Safety Bill amendment will be brought forward to help bereaved parents access information about social media companies, a peer said after the landmark ruling over 14-year-old Molly Russell’s death. Baroness Beeban Kidron said she will table a change to the proposed legislation in the House of Lords after a coroner concluded content viewed on the internet contributed to the schoolgirl’s death. Molly died after engaging with 2,100 self-harm or suicide-related posts over a period of six months, an inquest at North London Coroner’s Court heard. Senior coroner Andrew Walker said material viewed by Molly on sites such as Instagram and Pinterest “was not safe” and “shouldn’t have been available for a child to see”. The ruling has been described as a global first of its kind after concluding that content Molly was allowed to view by tech companies contributed to her death.

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