Teen takes own life after ‘live or die’ Instagram poll

Malaysia,Word news,Instagram poll

Malaysia,Word news,Instagram poll

The unidentified 16-year-old from Kuching in Sarawak died after posting the poll Monday on the Facebook-owned picture sharing platform.

"According to a close friend of the victim, the "D/L" meant "Death/Life", district police chief Aidil Bolhassan told The Borneo Post newspaper.

"Although it is still too early to determine what exactly happened, it is possible that the girl was suffering from depression and contemplated suicide as a result".

'Would the girl still be alive today if the majority of netizens on her Instagram account discouraged her from taking her own life, ' he asked.

"What is equally disturbing is that some 69% of the teenager's Instagram followers had reportedly supported her desire to take her life in an online poll that she had posted on the said social media site just before she died".

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

"Various questions arise from this unfortunate incident", he said.

Ramkarpal Singh, a lawyer and member of Malaysia's parliament, requested that authorities investigate the circumstances leading to the teen's death.

"I am genuinely anxious about the state of our Youth's mental health", Syed Saddiq said in a tweet on Tuesday.

"With respect, classifying the case as sudden death at this stage may not be the right decision without such further investigations".

Malaysia's Minister of youth and sports also noted that there needs to be a national conversation about mental health. "A national discussion must take place", he said.

In response, Instagram accounted that it would ban all graphic self-harm images from their platform.

Wong Ching Yee, Instagram's head of communications in the Asia-Pacific, revealed that after the poll ran for 24 hours, the votes had swung to 88 percent in favor of choosing to keep living.

"As part of our own efforts, we urge everyone to use our reporting tools and to contact emergency services if they see any behaviour that puts people's safety at risk", the statement said.

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.

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