Facebook Introduces New Tools to Prevent Suicide. The social media tech-giant Facebook has introduced new tools to help people who may be thinking of suicide.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in his post,
“I wrote a letter on building global community a couple weeks ago, and one of the pillars of community I discussed was keeping people safe. These tools are an example of how we can help keep each other safe.”
More than Philanthropic: Facebook Introduces New Tools to Prevent Suicide
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds. Stopping suicide is problematic. But experts are of the view that one of the best ways to help is if someone who is in pain hears from people who worry about them.
Facebook already has a number of suicide prevention tools, such as allowing users to report concerning posts. But with many posts, comments and messages it becomes difficult to address the actual problem. That lead to terribly tragic incidents.
Now, the platform’s suicide prevention tools have been integrated into Facebook Live. Zuckerberg further added that they have made a few changes in the tools to help people.
The platform’s suicide prevention tools have been integrated into Facebook Live
According to the blog post, the changes are as follows:
- Facebook has redesigned its suicide prevention tools. Now people will be able to reach out to someone directly due to integrating Live video. They can report the stream and the person streaming can contact a friend or a helpline.
- Users will be given the chance to chat directly with someone from organizations like Crisis Text Line, Lifeline, and the National Eating Disorder Association.
- Facebook is also testing ways to incorporate AI to find patterns in posts that have been reported for suicide and make it easier to identify similar posts — even if a friend hasn’t reported it. The teams will review these posts and reach out to help if it’s appropriate.
He also said,
“Keeping our community safe is an important part of our mission, and an important part of how we’ll measure our progress going forward. There’s a lot more to do here and I’m looking forward to working with all of you to do it.”
So lets hope that such tools will be helpful in the prevention of suicide. And people will be able to live a normal life. Keeping the community safe should be everyone’s mission.