The Danish government has announced they will regulate the content posted by the country’s social media influencers after a reality TV and Instagram star shared a suicide note with her thousands of fans.
Over the weekend, Fie Laursen who starred in Danish reality TV shows such as Paradise Hotel sent her fans into a panic when she posted the suicide note on her page.
The letter remained on her page for two days before it was removed by her family who then revealed that the 23-year-old Instagram celebrity from Copenhagen is recovering in hospital.
The Danish government is now moving to force influencers to exercise ‘editorial responsibility’ by bringing their content under the same rules that govern mainstream media outlets.
‘When you reach a certain number of people who are followers of your page then you will have the same responsibility as if you were an editorial person on a newspaper or on old media,’ Minister of Children and Education Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil told the BBC.
‘So, for instance… the Danish ethical standards for the press is that you do not write about suicide or suicide attempts if it doesn’t concern the general public. We want these same standards applied to social media.’
According to Daily Mail, Laursen’s Instagram post attracted more than 8,000 comments and 30,000 likes before it was taken down.