Facebook is Going to Use AI to Prevent Suicides

Facebook’s live video-streaming is a popular way of sharing personal moments, and providing a media platform for important events. However, much to everyone’s alarm, Facebook Live has recently been used to broadcast more than one case of suicide.

Facebook had previously introduced its basic ‘suicide prevention features’ that allowed friends to flag a troubling image or status, thus drawing attention to a potential suicide attempt. Now the social media giant has redesigned those tools and integrated them into Live videos. Facebook users can now reach out to someone directly, and report the stream.

Can Call Emergency Helplines Directly

It is also possible for the users to contact an emergency helpline, and chat directly with experts from organizations like Crisis Text Line, Lifeline, and the National Eating Disorder Association. Furthermore, Facebook is testing ways to use artificial intelligence to detect posts with troubling content – even if those have not been reported by users.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, recently elaborated on these measures in a status update, and described the rationale behind them saying,

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds. Preventing suicide is complicated, but experts say one of the best ways to help is if someone who is in distress hears from people who care about them… There’s a lot more to do here and I’m looking forward to working with all of you to do it.

These measures come at a time when Facebook is focusing on ‘keeping the community safe’ – on and off Facebook – as an important part of its mission.

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Source: Facebook


  • Facebook Suicide :
    MarK Zinger Burger : Agar Larkia Block Na Kare, Agar Wo Msg Seen Karne K Bad Jawab De Or Like Or Comments K Larkiya Na Mare
    To Kafi Jan Bach Sakti Hai :p

    • Emmad Mir

      hahaha u nailed it bro …

    • Annoying Orange

      Khuda ki kasam bde farigh insaaan ho bhae tm khudko bolty Head of Department ho :P Allah ki kasam m tmhain peon b na rkhun na tmhain angrezi ati hai na tmhare andar aur koi fazilat hai jb dekho tb bc ch. comment krty ho

      • I don’t need you ! Bato Se Ap Kisi Ko Judge Nahi Kar Sakty !
        I’ve a talent & I’ve 16 Person staff who have PhD & MBA Qualified & mere under main kaam karty hai & i am not MBA Or PhD Qualified :

        • Annoying Orange

          Han han tu Marl Zinger Burger ka beta hai bc Sharam kr insaan ka bcha ban ja har koi zalil krta hai tujhe tu baaz nae araha Ch ksi aur ko bana jak talent tatty uthane k siwa tou koi nazar nae araha tera aur Pakistani PhD aur MBA ka sara pata hai mjhy PhD tou likhna nae ata tujhy batein Ch rha hai bc

          • Hassan Nasir

            Language???

  • Shahid Saleem

    I wonder if anyone has looked into using AI to predict suicide bombers in Pakistan. That will be useful.

    Not this technology of course.