Facebook rolls out new AI software designed to identify and assist suicidal users

Facebook Suicide Prevention

In a testament to how entrenched Facebook has become in our day-to-day lives, it's not uncommon for users who commit suicide to leave telling videos or posts on their wall during the preceding few days. In an effort to pro-actively tackle the problem, Facebook is rolling out a suite of new AI tools designed to detect posts which may suggest a particular user is suicidal. In instances when cryptic posts are essentially cries for help, being able to identify such posts sooner rather than later can ultimately help save lives.

As part of Facebook's new push to identify situations that warrant more attention, the social networking giant's new software can analyze posts and even live video streams for times when a user might be having suicidal thoughts. What's more, the software is designed to even take comments on a problematic post into account, with Facebook noting that comments like "Are you ok?" can be strong indicators that something is wrong. The new AI initiative is rolling out in international markets today and will eventually make its way to the United States. Incidentally, Facebook notes that the feature will not be available across the EU.

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