Mental health problems have been on the rising scale in the past few decades. Can we blame social media platforms for this traumatic phase or it’s just a worldly material that got us into this mess? We can’t find the answer we need as its complex and interlinked with each other. Facebook took this matter seriously and consulted experts to overcome this horrible issue taking place on the social media.
In the past recent years, after suicide incidents have taken place on social media, Facebook came at front to take strict action against this threat for its millions of users. Facebook worked widely to avoid the sickening suicide event and its user’s self harm through its various tools and features.
In 2019, the ratio of suicide and live stream suicide attempts have been controlled before it attempted which is more than 90% of it. Experts say that most effective way to prevent suicide is to know through family members, friend and other connections. Facebook authorities say that they are taking additional steps to support those who are talking about it and especially young people.
Facebook started hosting periodic consultations with specialists from around the globe earlier this year to address some of the more challenging subjects related to suicide and self-injury. These include how we handle suicide notes, the hazards of internet sad content, and newsworthy suicide portrayals.
They have produced several adjustments as a consequence of these consultations to enhance how they manage this material. Facebook tightened its self-harm policy so that the edited pictures can no longer be allowed to unintentionally promote or trigger self-harm, even when someone is seeking assistance or expressing themselves to help their recovery.
For this story, most privacy and public health experts agreed that the measures Facebook took to prevent suicide cases are effective.
Nearly 800,000 people commit suicide every year, disproportionately affecting the youth and vulnerable populations such as LGBT and indigenous peoples, according to the World Health Organization.