Facebook to use artificial intelligence for suicide prevention

Facebook to use artificial intelligence for suicide prevention

California, United States (Reuters): The world's largest social media network, Facebook announces its plans to use artificial intelligence and update its tools and services to help prevent suicides among its users.

The social media site said it plans to integrate its existing suicide prevention tools for Facebook posts into its live-streaming feature, Facebook Live, and its Messenger service.

The company said in a blogpost on Wednesday that artificial intelligence will be used to help spot users with suicidal tendencies.

According to the New York Post, a 14-year-old foster child in Florida broadcast her suicide reportedly on Facebook Live in January.

Facebook is already using artificial intelligence to monitor offensive material in live video streams.

The company said on Wednesday that the updated tools would give an option to users watching a live video to reach out to the person directly and report the video to Facebook.

Facebook Inc will also provide resources, which include reaching out to a friend and contacting a help line, to the user reporting the live video.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds.

According to a National Center for Health Statistics study, suicide rates jumped 24 percent in the United States between 1999 and 2014 after a period of nearly consistent decline.