Teen Believed to Have Jumped to Death after Instagram Poll

A Malaysian teenager who posted an Instagram

Teen Believed to Have Jumped to Death after Instagram Poll

Malaysian lawmakers on Wednesday called on authorities to investigate reports of a teenager who allegedly jumped to her death after asking her social media followers to vote on whether she should take her own life.

"Really important, help me choose D/L [death or life]", she captioned her poll. 69 percent of people advised the girl that she should die.

After the teen's death, Bukit Gelugor Member of Parliament Ramkarpal Singh asked investigators to look into her social media accounts for possible motivations, according to the Malay Mail.

"Would this girl still be alive today if the majority of netizens on her Instagram account discouraged her from taking her own life?". He added, "Did the encouragement of those netizens actually influence her decision to take her own life?".

The minister of youth and sports also wrote on Twitter that he is "genuinely anxious about the state of our youths' mental health".

Collins pressed the executives on whether the company would take any action against the users who took part in the poll, but they said it was too early to say and the investigation into the girl's death was ongoing.

A leading Malaysia lawyer says the country's Communications and Multimedia Ministry should probe the girls social media with a view to prosecuting those complicit in a suicide.

It is believed the teenager suffered from depression.

Police officers are reportedly not treating her death as suspicious, but her body has still been taken for an autopsy. "I am really anxious about the mental health of the youth".

'The news is certainly very shocking and deeply saddening, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the young woman in Malaysia, ' said Vishal Shah, Instagram's head of product.

Instagram's treatment of suicide and self-harm came under close scrutiny in February following the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell in UK.

"We will not be able to remove these images immediately and we must make sure that people posting self-harm related content do not lose their ability to express themselves and connect with help in their time of need", Mr Mosseri said.

Wong said if someone posts on Facebook or Instagram about their wellbeing, other users are encouraged to reach out to the person or report the post to the admin.Facebook, which owns Instagram, has had suicide prevention tools in place for more than 10 years.

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