Suicide teen 'ran online death poll'

World | REUTERS 16 May 2019

Malaysian police are investigating the case of a teenager believed to have jumped to her death after asking her social media followers to vote on whether she should kill herself.

The 16-year-old girl, who was not named, had run a poll on photo-sharing app Instagram with the question "Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L," hours before jumping off the roof of a building in Sarawak on Monday, district police chief Aidil Bolhassan said.

The 'D/L' meant 'Death/Life', and the poll had showed 69 percentof the girl's followers chose 'D', he said.

"We are conducting a post-mortem to determine whether there were other factors in her death," he said, adding that the girlhad a history of depression.

Instagram reviewed the teenager's account and found that the online poll, which ran over a 24-hour period, ended with 88 percent votes for 'L', the company's Malaysia spokeswoman, Serena Siew, said.

Aidil, however, said that the poll's numbers may have changed after news of the girl's death spread.

Lawmakers called for a wider probe.

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