Senior Coroner Andrew Walker has ruled that executives from Meta and Pinterest must be sent from the US to give evidence at the inquest into the death of Molly Russell, a 14-year-old who took her own life in 2017 after viewing suicide and self-harm related content on social media platforms.

Meta and Pinterest had argued that their executives could not travel to London and applied for them to give evidence remotely by video link, but the Coroner has now ordered they attend in person.

The inquest is due to start on 19th September at the North London Coroner’s Court in Barnet. Oliver Sanders QC and Jessica Elliot are representing Molly Russell’s family, instructed by Merry Varney of Leigh Day.

The inquest has been featured in the press here.