Facebook’s suicide prevention tools availability for all users

Facebook’s suicide prevention tools availability for all users

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A new update of suicide prevention tools is available to the globe.

Previously, this tool was available to some English-speaking users but will now roll out globally. Facebook says it has a team to monitor flagged posts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

last year, with the help of Forefront, Lifeline, and Save.org the tools were used by some users of united states.But now Facebook has decided to continure its partnership with Suicide prevention and Health organizations in different countries.
Users everywhere will soon be able to flag a friend’s post from a drop-down menu if they are worried about self-harm or suicide. Facebook gives them several options. For example, a list of resources, including numbers for suicide prevention organizations, can be shared anonymously, or a message of support can be sent.

Such kind of posts may also be reviewed by Facebook’s global community operations team.Several advises and helpful suggetions reach out to the concerned persons according to its Help Center. If someone is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, however, Facebook warns that police should be contacted.

Facebook‘s suicide prevention tools may contribute in the issue of public health crisis in different countries.It may create awareness in the people about their lives.Because in many countries the suicide rates are very high.In the U.S., suicide rates are at their highest in three decades, particularly among men of all ages and women aged 45 to 64.

The company, however, has to balance suicide prevention with the privacy of its 1.65 billion monthly active users—especially since Facebook posts are already seen as a treasure trove of research data by many psychologists. Facebook itself was forced to apologize in July 2014 for conducting psychological experiments on users.

In fall 2014, United Kingdom charity Samaritans was forced to suspend its suicide prevention app, which let users monitor their friends’ Twitter feeds for signs of depression, just one week after its launch, following concerns about privacy and its potential misuse by online bullies.