Facebook will be turning out Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based tools to help identify when someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide, including on Facebook Live. The tool uses pattern identification to scan the posts and comments for certain expression to determine whether someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide to help authorities respond faster — will eventually be accessible worldwide, except the European Union.
“Facebook is a social networking site where friends and family are already linked and facebook would able to help connect a person in distress with people who are able to support them. It’s part of Facebook’s ongoing work to help build a safe community on and off Facebook,” had written Guy Rosen, Vice President of Product Management at Facebook. In October, Facebook worked with first responders on over 100 health and fitness checks based on reviews it received via its proactive detection efforts.
“We have found the text used in the post and comment (for example, comments like “Are you ok?” and “can I help?” can be strong indications). In some instances, we have found that the technology has identified videos which may have ended up unreported,” Rosen said. Facebook has a team that includes a dedicated group of specialists who have specifically trained in suicide and do it yourself harm.
“Were also using AI to prioritise the order where we review reported content, videos and live channels. This ensures we can get the right resources to the people in problems and, where appropriate, we can quickly alert first responders, according to the blog post. In addition to those tools, Facebook is using automation, therefore, the team can more quickly access the correct first responders’ contact information.
“We have groups working around the entire world, 24/7, who review records which come in and prioritise the most serious reviews. We provide individuals with a number of support options, such as to get in touch with a friend,” Rosen informed”.
Facebook in Sept said it was working with suicide prevention partners in India to accumulate phrases, hashtags and group names associated with online challenges stimulating self-harm or suicide. Began on World Suicide Protection Day on Sept 10, the initiative would also connect people in India with information about support groups and suicide prevention tools in News Feed.
Source- Hindustan Times