MRF issue press release after the conclusion of Molly’s Inquest

The Molly Russell Foundation board of trustees said: “The MRF welcomes the verdict of the inquest into the death of Molly Russell. At its heart, this is about online safety. The inquest has demonstrated very clearly the significant dangers social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest present in the absence of any effective regulation. 

“This shows that if government and tech platforms take action on the issues raised in the inquest, it will have a positive effect on the mental well-being of young people, which is the key aim of the Molly Rose Foundation.
“Platforms must stop profiling children in order to serve them harmful content – even if they have the right to host that content for adult users, who can be vulnerable too.
“Things need to change. Social media platforms have proven they are not willing to make themselves safe without legislative action hence it is vital that the Online Safety Bill is passed without delay and that an era of accountability is ushered in. For social media, the Wild West era is over.

“The need for speedy regulation is reflected by recent statistics which indicate four school age children die every week by suicide.

“It’s almost five years since Molly died and we are still waiting for the promised government legislation. We can’t wait any longer; don’t aim for perfection, too many lives are at risk. The regulatory structure can be perfected in the months and years to come.”

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If you are affected by the reporting of the inquest proceedings, please visit the “Where to Find Help” section of our website for a list of trusted support organisations. With other mental health charities we have put together some mental wellbeing resources and guides that we feel may be of use at this time. They can be found on our Mental Wellbeing Resource page.

If you’re struggling just text MRF to 85258 so you can speak to a trained volunteer from Shout, the UK’s Crisis Text Line service

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