Instagram just announced that it will be removing images depicting self harm from the platform in future. This comes as a result of a UK teen committing suicide after posting images communicating distressing images of depression and self harm. While this is a horrible thing (the death of any person is regrettable and a loss for society), I’m drawn to this conclusion; We should not be banning anything like this on instagram. We should be using it as a reference to reach out to those who display this tendency. After all, posting said material almost always comes from a desire for help and attention. Maybe if instead of sweeping the problem under the rug to pacify our prudish tendencies (as Instagram is doing), we confronted the issue head on when it arises, we could help those who cry out for help through their social networks. Maybe we’d even solve the problem.
My $0.02 for the evening.