II.1. Suicide and Self-Injury

Policy Rationale

In an effort to promote a safe environment on Hahalolo, we remove content that encourages suicide or self-injury, including direct depictions that might lead others to engage in similar behaviour.

Suicide is defined as the act of a person who intentionally causes his own death.

Self-injury is defined as the intentional and direct injuring of the body, including self-injury and eating disorders.

We want Hahalolo to be a space where people can share their experiences, raise awareness about these issues and support each other to overcome difficulties, which is why we allow people to discuss suicide and self-injury. We encourage everyone to help each other when facing these difficulties.

We work with organisations around the world to provide assistance for people in distress. We also talk to experts in suicide and self-injury to help inform our policies and enforcement. For example, we have been advised by experts that we should not remove live videos of self-injury while there is an opportunity for loved ones and authorities to provide help or resources.

We remove any content that identifies and negatively targets victims or survivors of self-injury or suicide seriously, humorously or rhetorically. However, people can share information about self-injury and suicide to draw attention to this issue, and are allowed to discuss as long as they do not support or encourage self-injurious or suicidal behaviour.

Do not post:

Content that promotes, encourages, coordinates, or provides instructions for:

  • Suicide;
  • Self-injury;
  • Eating disorders.

The content of self-injury contains propaganda slogan without explicit statements about not advocating self-injurious behaviour.

Except in limited situations of newsworthiness, it is against our policies to post content depicting a person who engaged in a suicide attempt or death by suicide.

For the following content, we include a sensitivity screen so that people are aware that the content may be upsetting:

  • Photos or videos depicting a person's death by suicide that are determined to be newsworthy;
  • Photos or videos depicting a person who engaged in euthanasia/assisted suicide in a medical setting.
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