Investigation in death of fourteen-year-Old Molly Russell was detained due to legal discussions on On Tuesday, when the coroner raised concerns about the protection people whose social media posts appear at hearings.
A teenager from Harrow in north- West London, took her own life in November 2017 after viewing content including reports related to anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide.
Coroner Andrew Walker said he had not forgotten that “deep down of Every inquiry causes sorrow family”as legal issues dominated the first day of hearing in progress place nearly five years after Molly death.
molly father Jan Russell, who became a famous activist for protection of children from harmful social media content was due to give feather portrait of Molly’s life on opening day of inquiry.
Executives of Instagram and Pinterest, two platforms that Molly interacted with. with before her death must appear as witnesses at the hearing, which may last two weeks.
However, the proceedings before the North London Coroner’s Court in Barnet was detained as legal representatives of Russell familyowner of Instagram, Meta, Pinterest and media discussed access testify with coroner.
Walker said there should be “sufficient security measures”. in place for the authors of messages used as evidence whose identities have been redacted but may be able to identify themselves by some material published in in media.
Walker expressed concern that the publication of definite social media messages accessed by a teenager before her death may have a negative effect on them original author.
“This is what one issue of ensuring that if there is material that can affect the author… we are dealing with it in sensitive way,” he said.
Eliminate delays at the end of afternoon hearing, the coroner said, “It’s very difficult for in family in investigations such as this where there are many legal issues to discuss.
“In the heart of Every inquiry causes sorrow family and that’s what I haven’t forgotten in spite of everything work that was done counsel try today and move this is further forward”.
Consequence already was previously delayed due to issues including requests from Instagram owner, Meta, to edit content to protect privacy of users.