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Facebook Improves Anti-Suicide Tools With AI

They’re also urging friends to reach out
by Andrei Medina | Mar 2, 2017
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Facebook has introduced some updates and improvements to its tools that aim to help in preventing suicides attempted by individuals who also broadcast it online through their platform.

In one of its posts, the world’s largest social media site underscored the importance of utilizing these tools to preserve life.

“Today we're introducing updated tools and resources for people who may be contemplating suicide, as well as the support we offer to their concerned friends and family members… Experts say that the best way to prevent suicide is for those in distress to hear from people who care about them… When friends are in need, reaching out can make a difference,” the post read.

The new tools include improvements to existing integrations in their services like Facebook Live, Messenger, and live-streaming.

Among the key features include an option that allows Facebook users who are viewing a potential suicide video to directly reach out to the person to calm them down. There’s also an option to report the current scenario to authorities.

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Meanwhile, the person live-streaming the video will be seeing similar options like connecting to a friend or contacting a help line.

Aside from this, Facebook has tweaked their artificial intelligence algorithm to identify both high-risk users and live videos that might result in suicide attempts.

Facebook has recently been revamping their tools to promote a safer online community. They previously added measures against fake news and inappropriate material in live video streams.

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