Suicide and Self-harm Policy


You may not promote or encourage suicide or self-harm.

What is in violation of this policy?

Under this policy, you can’t promote, or otherwise encourage, suicide or self-harm. We define promotion and encouragement to include statements such as “the most effective”, “the easiest”, “the best”, “the most successful”, “you should”, “why don’t you”. Violations of this policy can occur via posts, images or videos, including posting links to live videos/streams.

We define suicide to be the act of taking one’s own life. We define self-harm to include:

  • self-inflicted physical injuries e.g., cutting; and

  • eating disorders e.g., bulimia, anorexia.

Violations of this policy include, but are not limited to:

  • encouraging someone to physically harm or kill themselves;

  • asking others for encouragement to engage in self-harm or suicide, including seeking partners for group suicides or suicide games; and

  • sharing information, strategies, methods or instructions that would assist people to engage in self-harm and suicide.

What is not a violation of this policy?

Some examples of behavior that are not considered a violation of this policy include:

  • sharing personal stories and experiences related to self-harm or suicide;

  • sharing coping mechanisms and resources for addressing self-harm or suicidal thoughts; and

  • discussions that are focused on research, advocacy, and education related to self-harm or suicide prevention.

Note: people can share their personal experiences, but should avoid sharing detailed information about specific strategies or methods related to self-harm, as this could inadvertently encourage this behavior.

How to report violations of this policy


You can report this content for review on gsmarthub as follows:

  1. Select Report from the bottom left red button

  2. Select “It expresses intentions of self-harm or suicide

  3. Submit your report

What happens if you violate this policy?

Our enforcement approach depends on the type of content being shared, whether or not the reported account is encouraging or promoting self-harm or suicide, and the account’s previous history of violations.

If you violate this policy by sharing content that intentionally encourages others to harm themselves, ask others to encourage you to harm yourself, or share detailed information or instructions related to self-harm or suicide methods, we will require you to remove this content. We will also temporarily lock you out of your account before you can post again. If you continue to violate this policy, or if your account is dedicated to promoting or encouraging self-harm or suicide, your account will be permanently suspended. If cases include images or videos related to self-harm or suicide, we will suspend the account.

We may also take steps to prevent the spread of instructional material hosted on third-party websites.

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