Instagram is getting a lot of heat this weekend because a teenager uploaded the video announcing his intent to kill himself, and they left the video up for more than 24 hours after he had done it.
Dozens of his friends send him texts and called him and left him voice messages to try to talk him out of suicide. Their messages were ignored.
It was just a 12 second clip but it was seen by over 15,000 people and before it was taken down had more than 900 comments. The teen started the video by saying, “Hey, so, I’m telling myself. Goodbye.”
This student is the second from his high school to commit suicide in the last week. Investigators indicate the suicides were not related and the two students may not have known each other because they traveled in separate social circles.
Needless to say the community is in shock.
Instagram has not responded to requests for comment. They have a significantly stringent policy on naked nipples in photographs but apparently have no policy on threats of suicide.
Twitter, on the other hand, has a team of people that review these type of posts. Their website indicates they try to be very proactive when suicide threats are posted.
Our condolences go to the families of both of these young men.
Recent suicide statistics: Every 2 hrs and 11 minutes someone under 25 dies by suicide; that’s 10 people a day. Between the ages of 10-24, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death, that results in about 4600 deaths per year. 90% have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder.