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Facebook now has an AI that helps detect and prevent suicides

By Ian Chee - on 28 Nov 2017, 11:56am

Facebook now has an AI that helps detect and prevent suicides

Facebook has a new ‘proactive detection’ AI that scans users’ posts for suicidal thoughts, and sends mental health resources to them and their friends if deemed necessary.

Image source: Facebook via TechCrunch.

The social media platform had previously made it possible for friends and family members to flag troubling posts, as well as providing similar resources if someone is on Facebook Live saying things that get others worried. Now, with an AI thrown into the mix, the hope is that Facebook can respond to these indirect calls for help more quickly, rather than waiting for another person to report it.

Of course, having your posts monitored like that can be creepy, to say the least. For now, all we can do is trust that Facebook will only scan your posts for suicidal tendencies as promised, and not for other things like your political views. Because if you don’t have that much trust in it, you don’t have the option to opt out of being monitored. Here’s what Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer of Facebook, has to say:

 

 

Source: TechCrunch.