Facebook is Testing AI to Spot Suicidal Members
Facebook has started using artificial intelligence to identify and help users that display suicidal thoughts.
The social network has developed an algorithm to spot warning signs in posts, comments, and live videos following three separate suicides broadcast on Facebook Live in as many months.
On Wednesday, the company’s Global Security team said they are adding prevention tools to their Live feature that will give concerned viewers the option to reach out to the person directly, and report the video to Facebook staff.
The person filming the video will then see a list of resources and tips on screen that encourages them to reach out to a friend or contact a helpline.
The tool is only available to US users at the moment.
“Facebook is in a unique position — through friendships on the site — to help connect a person in distress with people who can support them,” reads the social network’s announcement.
The company post cites statistics by the World Health Organization who says one person dies every 40 seconds from suicide - which is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds - as the reason behind their increased efforts to prevent suicide.