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Facebook Expanding AI to Help Prevent Suicide

Facebook Expanding AI to Help  Prevent SuicideFacebook Expanding AI to Help  Prevent Suicide

Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the US to detect users with suicidal intent, the world’s largest social media network said on Monday. Facebook began testing the software in the United States in March, when the company started scanning the text of Facebook posts and comments for phrases that could be signals of an impending suicide, Business Insider reported. The business has not disclosed many technical details of the program, but the company said its software searches for certain phrases that could be clues, such as the questions “Are you ok?” and “Can I help?” If the software detects a potential suicide, it alerts a team of Facebook workers who specialize in handling such reports. The system suggests resources to the user or to friends of the person such as a telephone help line. Facebook workers sometimes call local authorities to intervene. Facebook said it tries to have specialist employees available at any hour to call authorities in local languages.


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