Teenage girl ‘jumped to her death’ after posting Instagram poll

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 16, 2019

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Those who incited a 16-year-old girl in Sarawak to commit suicide, based on a poll on her Instagram on whether she should live or die, may be liable to 20 years' jail.

An Instagram rep says a review by the site after the girl's death found 90% of the respondents chose "life" for her, but Aidil thinks the number may have shifted after word got out she had possibly taken her own life. The poll read, "Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L", the D and L standing for death or life.

About five hours later, she was found dead, MalayMail reports.

Ramkarpal Singh, a lawyer and member of parliament said that those who voted for the "death" on teenager's poll, could be guilty of abetting a suicide, and urged authorities to investigate the circumstances leading to her death.

"Would the girl still be alive today if the majority of netizens on her Instagram account discouraged her from taking her own life?" he said in a statement to Reuters.

"Would she have heeded the advice of netizens to seek professional help had they done so?"

"We have a deep responsibility to make sure people using Instagram feel safe and supported".

Wong Ching Yee, Instagram's head of communications in the Asia-Pacific, sent condolences to the teenager's family and encouraged users to contact emergency services and file a report if "they see any behaviour that puts people's safety at risk". The screens will blur the image behind them until the user explicitly indicates they want to view the graphic content. For Malaysia, the social media platform refers users to Befrienders KL.

The move came in the wake of the death of British teenager Molly Russell, whose parents said she took her own life at the age of 14 after looking at self-harm posts on Instagram.

In February, Instagram announced that it would add "sensitivity screens" to block images that promote self-harm or suicide.

While social media can offer teens a sense of community and personal voice, it can also impact their mental well-being.

Ching Yee Wong, Instagram's head of communications in the Asia-Pacific, issued a statement in response to the suicide, urging users to report risky behaviors occurring on the platform, The Guardian reported.

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