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Facebook is rolling out AI tools to help prevent suicides

  • Facebook is rolling out AI tools to help prevent suicides

In yet another attempt to prevent suicides, Facebook is starting to roll out Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based tools to help identify when someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide, including on Facebook Live.

The initiative - that will use pattern recognition to detect posts or live videos where someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide to help authorities respond faster -- will eventually be available worldwide, except the European Union, Facebook said in a blog post on Tuesday.

"Facebook is a place where friends and family are already connected and we are able to help connect a person in distress with people who can support them.

"It's part of our ongoing effort to help build a safe community on and off Facebook," wrote Guy Rosen, Vice President of Product Management at Facebook.

In October, Facebook worked with first responders on over 100 wellness checks based on reports it received via its proactive detection efforts.

"We use signals like the text used in the post and comments (for example, comments like "Are you ok?" and "Can I help?" can be strong indicators).


: November 28, 2017 12:16 pm
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