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