In August 2022, the Network Contagion Research Institute and Rutgers University released a report saying that they have detected a community on Twitter that is promoting self-harm. These tweets have graphic photos with bloody depictions of self-harm. The use of some hashtags went up by 500% over the past 11 months, according to the report, despite reporting on it.
World Suicide Prevention day falls on September 10. Suno India’s Menaka Rao spoke to Shagufta Kamran, Director - Public Policy & Government at Twitter India on Twitter’s policy related such problematic content, and what measures are being taken to address harmful content including cyber bullying, targeted harassment, and also what they were doing using their platform to help prevent suicide in the country.
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