Facebook Artificial Intelligence Tool Being Harnessed to Fight Live-Streaming Suicide Acts; Facebook Partnered With Several Mental Health Organizations

2 March 2017, 6:40 am EST By Coco Dollanganger Mobile & Apps

Facebook is releasing a new set of tools to spot suicidal users improving its algorithms that will help users on Facebook Live, offer an increased support via Messenger and use Facebook Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help in reporting posts of users who are at risk of committing suicide. This means that it can spot users' warning signs through their posts as well as comments that the comments of their friends as a response to the post.

A suicide helpline chief told BBC that the move was "not just helpful but critical." The Facebook Artificial Intelligence tool is under testing only in the United State at the moment, which marks the first use of the AI tech in reviewing messages on Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also announced previously that with this tool, he has high hopes to use algorithms to recognize posts by terrorists, among others.

Facebook has also partnered with various U.S. mental health organizations such as National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Save.org, Crisis Text Line and Forefront to allow at-risk users contact them via Facebook Messenger. Tech Republic reports that the social media giant's efforts to push through its Facebook Artificial Intelligence comes after a series of suicides being televised on Facebook and it can be recalled that in January 2017, a Miami-Dade teen committed suicide right in front of Facebook Live audience, which happened a few days after a Californian man took his own life while live-streaming.

"There is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds," according to Facebook's blog post adding that one of the best means in preventing suicide is to have those who care about them by their side. Moreover, through Facebook Artificial Intelligence tool, the at-risk users' posts that have been reported will see their screen being blocked partially with Facebook's message that reads, "Someone thinks you might need extra support right now and asked us to help."

With this move, everyone is also hoping that Facebook Artificial Intelligence will be an effective tool to those who have suicidal instincts. Stay tuned to Mobile & Apps for more updates.

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