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Social media: suicide promotion and anti-vaccine content must be banned, says BMA

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 26 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4425
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. Belfast

The UK government must implement standards to prevent social media from sharing content that promotes self harm or suicide as a way of dealing with mental health problems, doctors have said.

Delegates at the BMA’s annual meeting in Belfast on 26 June voted for a motion saying that these standards should be binding on social media networks.

Doctors at the conference also voted in favour of a motion calling for government standards to compel social media companies to “actively prevent the dispersal of false or misleading information on the effects of …

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