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01/11/2019

In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role

External Link - Source: The New York Times

Police stations from Massachusetts to Mumbai have received similar alerts from Facebook over the last 18 months as part of what is most likely the world’s largest suicide threat screening and alert program. The social network ramped up the effort after several people live-streamed their suicides on Facebook Live in early 2017. It now utilizes both algorithms and user reports to flag possible suicide threats.

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