Facebook’s testing new suicide prevention tools powered by artificial intelligence

Facebook’s testing new suicide prevention tools powered by artificial intelligence

Facebook’s testing new suicide prevention tools powered by artificial intelligence. Facebook is lifting the lid on a host of new suicide prevention tools today, as the social network doubles down on efforts to help curb one of the leading causes of death in 15-29 year olds. There is one death by suicide every 40 seconds around the world, according to the World Health Organization. And although Facebook has offered suicide prevention features for many years already, much of it has involved direct human intervention, such as people reporting concerns about their friends. Through this mechanism, Facebook may surface more prominent options for friends to report a post. The posts flagged by Facebook’s algorithms may be manually checked by the company’s Community Operations team — even if it hasn’t been reported by a friend — and the individual may be offered support directly. In addition, Facebook is also launching a handful of new suicide prevention tools across video and Facebook Messenger. With Facebook’s growing push into live video, the company is now expanding its existing suicide prevention tools into Facebook Live — this means that friends or strangers watching a live-streamed video can now contact the person directly or report it to Facebook. This move comes almost two months after a U.S. teen reportedly broadcast her suicide through Facebook Live. Moving forward, there will be an option to message with someone from a relevant organization in real-time, either through the aforementioned suicide prevention tools, or from the organization’s Facebook Page.

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Facebook is lifting the lid on a host of new suicide prevention tools today, as the social network doubles down on efforts to help curb one of the leading causes of death in 15-29 year olds.

There is one death by suicide every 40 seconds around the world, according to the World Health Organization. And although Facebook has offered suicide prevention features for many years already, much of it has involved direct human intervention, such as people reporting concerns about their friends. But Facebook says that it’s now using artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize patterns based on posts that have been previously reported for suicide. Through this mechanism, Facebook may surface more prominent options for friends to report a post.

Additionally, Facebook says that it’s also testing pattern-recognition technology that automatically detects whether a post is “very likely to include thoughts of suicide,” according to a Facebook blog post today. The posts flagged by Facebook’s algorithms may be manually checked…

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