Digital Promotion of Suicide: A Platform-Level Ethical Analysis

Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Sam Lehman-Wilzig

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This article utilizes Aristotelian and Kantian philosophies to probe the social responsibilities of internet intermediaries that in one way or another assist and promote suicide. Striking a balance between freedom of expression and social responsibility, it is argued that several actors should be involved in restricting or eliminating live-streaming suicide, sites that encourage and facilitate suicide, and insult forums that drive people, especially adolescents, to take their own lives. The remediating actors are: commercial social media/website owners through their moderators; voluntary, non-profit, NGO “public defenders”; internet platform providers; regulatory agencies based on legislative authority, and advertisers. Practical remedies are suggested for each of these actors, noting as well important exceptions and caveats regarding the respective solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-127
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Media Ethics: Exploring Questions of Media Morality
Issue number2
Early online date29 Mar 2022
StatePublished - 2022

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