Social media groups involving teenage girls who led to "suicide attacks " and "serious self-harm " were discovered by the police, Hfrance.fr News has learned.
Twelve girls, aged 12 at 16 and from the south of England, were part of an Instagram discussion group whose name refers to suicide.
The group was discovered when three of the girls went missing and were found critically ill in London.
Instagram says it found no content related to suicide or self-harm in the group.
'Serious self-injury '
Hfrance.fr News got a briepolice fingering on the investigation which uncovered the online groups.
It is said "peer influence increased suicidal ideation among the children involved to the extent that several have degenerated into suicidal attacks and serious self-harm. "
The group was reported to police when three of the girls, who had been reported missing, traveled by train to end up in London.
They were found seriously ill on a street and taken by ambulance to hospital for emergency treatment.
One of the girls mentioned that she first gotmet online and discussed the suicide, according to the briefing released on March 25.
media caption After Molly Russell committed suicide, her family discovered Disturbing information about the suicide on his Instagram account
Police then examined digital devices to identify the name of the online group and its other members.
Seven of the 12 girls had self-harmed before being found by the police. Children's social services from seven different local authorities were involved in the protection of children identified as members of the group.
Hfrance.fr News understands that some of the children had met on others social media platforms but were part of a closed Instagram group - a direct discussion thread - whose title explicitly mentions thethe words "suicide " and "missing ".
In November 2020, Instagram has introduced new technology to recognize self-harm and suicide content on its app.
The Fears regarding the impact of this content on young people and vulnerable people have been raised since 14 year old schoolgirl Molly Russell committed suicide after seeing graphic images on the platform.
Molly's father, Ian, told Hfrance.fr at the time that the "algorithms pushed " of social media " helped kill my daughter .
Facebook, which owns Instagram, doesn't does not deny the name of the referenced closed group "suicide " but says that it was not removed from the platform because the content of the messages does not violate its rules.
In an instruction, a co spokesperson for mpany said he was cooperating with the police.
"[We] reviewed reports, but found no content that violates our rules, nor in fact no content related to suicide or self-harm, "they said.
" We do not allow graphic content, or content that promotes or encourages suicide or self-harm, and will remove it when we find it.
"We will continue to support the police and respond to any inquiries.
UK Police des transports, which conducted the investigation, declined to comment.
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