Instagram heartbroken over reports a Malaysian teen killed herself after asking followers to help her choose life or death


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Two Instagram executives appeared before a UK parliamentary committee on Wednesday.
They were grilled by lawmakers about the case of a Malaysian teenager, who reportedly died by suicide after posting a poll on Instagram asking people to choose whether she should live or die.
The executives said the incident was “heartbreaking” and confirmed that the poll itself was in violation of Instagram’s community standards.
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Two high-ranking Instagram executives sat before a UK parliamentary committee on “immersive and addictive technologies” on Wednesday. The same day, news broke that a 16-year-old Malaysian girl died by suicide after posting a poll onto Instagram asking if she should live or die.

Local police said the unnamed teenager killed herself after 69% of respondents to the poll chose death. Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, opened the questioning by asking about the news.

“The news is certainly very shocking and deeply saddening, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the young woman in Malaysia,” said Vishal Shah, Instagram’s head of product.

Instagram’s head of public policy Karina Newton added that the reports were “absolutely heartbreaking.” She said the poll itself was in contravention of Instagram’s community guidelines, which forbid the promotion of suicide.

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Collins pressed the executives on whether the company would take any action against the users who took part in the poll, but they said it was too early to say and the investigation into the girl’s death was ongoing.

“We are actually deeply looking at whether the products, on balance, are matching the expectations that we created them with,” Shah said.

“If in cases like the polling sticker we are finding more evidence that it is not …read more

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