The social networking giant Facebook has today introduces it’s new feature for Facebook Live and Messenger platform to prevent users from doing suicide online.
This new feature is to support those people who might be suicidal, as well as to provide a resources for those friends and families who feel suicidal on Facebook Live and on Messenger. These feature are in addition to the fact that Facebook offers for the people who see in relation to posts and want to help your friends or your knowing one.
In an press release Facebook says “Our suicide prevention tools for Facebook posts will now be integrated into Facebook Live. People watching a live video have the option to reach out to the person directly and to report the video to us. We will also provide resources to the person reporting the live video to assist them in helping their friend.” “The person sharing a live video will see a set of resources on their screen.”
“They can choose to reach out to a friend, contact a help line or see tips. If you or someone you know is in crisis, it is important to call local emergency services right away. You can also visit our Help Center for information about how to support yourself or a friend.” It added.
Jennifer Guadagno, Researcher at Facebook told us “Some say that we should terminate the live broadcast, but what we have found is terminating the live stream too early could remove the possibility for that person to get the help.”
Facebook has teamed up with organization like Crisis Text Line, the National Eating Disorder Association and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, to provide this service. These partnership will help, the people in the crisis to connect immediately with the mental health services provider through Facebook Messenger.
Facebook added it “may be possible in future” to carry this sort of AI and pattern recognition to Facebook Live and Messenger, but the team said it’s too early to make any comment right now.