Google, Facebook fund suicide prevention; Wikipedia criticised

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  1. Tech giants work with UK government and charities to reduce online harm, Wikipedia stays aloof.

After meeting with UK government officials and Health Minister Matt Hancock, social media giants including Google and Facebook have agreed to fund the Samaritans, the suicide prevention charity, in a bid to tackle online encouragement to self-harm among young people. At the meeting, they also agreed to sign up to a new code of practice for the removal of harmful content.

After Wikipedia apparently refused to attend for the second time, Matt Hancock accused them of “shirking their social responsibilities”, adding that the internet giant will be written to in “robust terms”. He was reportedly angry that the free-knowledge project had again refused to take part in discussions, even though the online encyclopaedia contains detailed descriptions of suicide. He said that good progress had been made with other tech giants.

The summit on social media in health was held on Monday 29 April.

WikiTribune has approached a member of the board of the Wikimedia Foundation for comment.



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