He warned social media platforms that they could be facing a ban if they fail to remove harmful content from their platforms focusing on self harm and suicide.
“If we think they need to do things they are refusing to do, then we can and we must legislate,” Hancock said in an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
He got very concern on materials found on social media platforms like facebook,twitter and instagram following the incident of molly Russel, a 14 year old who took her own life after viewing some very disturbing suicidal content on instagram.
“It is appalling how easy it still is to access this content online and I am in no doubt about the harm this material can cause, especially for young people,” he wrote, as reported by The Telegraph, Facebook, which owns Instagram, has issued an apology to Molly’s family.
The minister went on to say “I want to make the U.K. the safest place to be online for everyone – and ensure that no other family has to endure the torment that Molly’s parents have had to go through,”.