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Murray Dowey: Mother hits out at Meta over sextortion death data delay

The mother of a teenager who ended his life after becoming the victim of a sextortion gang on Instagram says Meta has failed to hand over vital data which could assist the investigation into his death.

Murray Dowey, from Dunblane, was 16 when he died last December.

Murray’s mother, Ros Dowey, told BBC News that Meta, which owns Instagram, had not yet provided the information from Murray’s account despite a request from Police Scotland and a court order.

Meta said its thoughts were with the family and that it was co-operating with the relevant authorities.

Murray died by suicide after he was tricked into sending compromising pictures by criminals posing as a girl on Instagram.

Ros Dowey told BBC News: “Instagram still have not released the vital data relating to the criminal investigation into his death that Police Scotland first asked for in January”.

She said the US Department of Justice obtained a court order requesting the data on 1 May 2024, but there has yet to be a response from Meta.

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