INTERNET giants including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia should be forced to remove content about suicide and self-harm, the government’s minister for suicide prevention has urged.
Jackie Doyle-Price said the firms should “grow up” and take down material that could help people hurt themselves, in the same way sites block terror content.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, she said they lack social responsibility and are behaving like “unruly teenagers” who need to be “dragged kicking and screaming” into taking action.
She said: “Publicising methods of how to take your own life are just as irresponsible as publishing hate videos and terrorism videos.”
The minister also promised new targets for treating children with mental health problems and vowed to set a maximum four week waiting time for NHS treatment.
Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock, in Essex, was appointed as the first suicide prevention minister in October.
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