The world’s largest social media network Facebook said on Monday, that it will expand its pattern recognition software. After successful tests in the US, the company is now also planning to expand it to other countries to detect users with suicidal intent. Facebook to Use Artificial Intelligence to Prevent Suicide.
In March, Facebook started testing the software in the United States. It was at that time when the company started scanning the text of Facebook posts and comments for phrases that could be signals of suicide.
Facebook to Use Artificial Intelligence to Prevent Suicide
The company has not disclosed many technical details of the program. But the software using to detect suicide intent searches for certain phrases that could be clues, such as the questions “Are you ok?” and “Can I help?”
If in any case the software detect any suicide intent, it will alert a team of Facebook workers who specialize in handling such reports. Facebook workers will also take the help of local authorities to intervene in order to prevent suicide.
Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president for product management, said:
The company was beginning to roll out the software outside the United States because the tests have been successful. During the past month, first responders checked on people more than 100 times after Facebook software detected suicidal intent.
Facebook has also confirmed that it is focusing to have specialist employees to call authorities in local languages, available at any hour.
Facebook did not name the countries where it was deploying the software. but it would eventually be used worldwide except in the European Union due to sensitivities.