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Facebook's Suicide Prevention Program

Maybe you use Facebook to post a status, message a friend, or even share funny videos. But Facebook is doing much more.


Facebook plans to use artificial intelligence and updated tools and services to help prevent suicides.

The world’s largest social media network plans to combine the current existing suicide prevention tools for Facebook posts along with the live-streaming feature, Facebook Live, and Messenger service.


On Wednesday, March 22nd, Facebook announced that the artificial intelligence will be used to help scope out users with suicidal tendencies.


Facebook users can also go to the Facebook help center, and get information on how to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK.


Facebook aims to keep a close eye on suicide instances due to several teenagers and young adults live streaming their suicides on Facebook Live. Recently, news reports show similar trends abroad.


According to a National Center for Health Statistics study, in the United States, suicide rates have increased by 24 percent between 1999 and 2014.

Facebook hopes these changes will have a positive effect for users around the world.


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