Facebook Uses Artificial Intelligence To Spot Suicidal Users on Live Shows

This week Facebook launched artificial intelligence technology to identify users at risk of suicide and offer them support. Suicide prevention tools to help people in real time on Facebook Live.

Why exactly Facebook need these kinds of tools to spot suicidal users? well, after the launch of facebook live broadcast shows we have seen multiple cases where people killed themselves on facebook live stream.

Earlier this year a 12-years-old girl committed suicide on Facebook live stream. It took facebook 2 weeks to delete video of her death.

According to Facebook, “Facebook is in a unique position — through friendships on the site, and It’s part of our ongoing effort to build a safe community on and off Facebook.”

There is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds, Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and there are many more who attempt suicide. suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-29-year-olds.

Suicide prevention tools have been available on Facebook for more than 10 years and were developed in collaboration with mental health organizations.

If you see something related to suicide or self-injury on a Live broadcast, you will see an option to contact an organization to get help for yourself or the broadcaster.

Now content is also monitored by artificial intelligence, which uses pattern recognition with help of machine learning to spot potentially suicidal people and reach out to them even if no one has reported about content yet.

This artificial intelligence technology automatically alerts organizations such as Save.org, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Forefront and Crisis Text Line to get help for users.

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