Facebook has claimed that they are working on AI bots to detect with of their users may be at risk of committing suicide.
Rolled out in the US for now, AI bots will crawl through posts and messages as well as comments looking for signs that a user may be contemplating suicide.
It will do that by looking for patterns in what users are posting to look out for common phrases and keywords that may suggest a user is suffering from depression. If the AI bots become alerted to a particular user, a report is fast tracked to a human team for review.
And if that human review team concur with the AI bot, the company will reach out to the user to suggest ways they can seek help.
A suicide helpline chief has said the move was “not just helpful but critical“.
Social media has become such a large part of people’s lives, and tools to detect warning signs of depression, self-harm and even suicide based on what we do on these sites are an important step to help us become more proactive when it comes to dealing with such serious issues.
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