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Children 'afterthought' for social media companies.

Children 'afterthought' for social media companies.

Children "remain an afterthought" for leading social media companies, England's Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, has said.

And she has written to the biggest companies, urging them to commit to tackling issues of disturbing content.

Her letter follows the suicide of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who killed herself after viewing distressing self-harm images on Instagram.

The companies say they are working hard to keep their platforms safe.

Ms Longfield's letter is addressed to YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, which also own WhatsApp and Instagram, and Snapchat.

It urges them to back the introduction of a statutory duty of care where they would have to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children using their platforms.

She also calls for a digital ombudsman - paid for by the industry - who would act as an independent arbiter between young users and technology companies.

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