Facebook increases availability of suicide prevention tool

Saturday, August 6, 2016

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For some users, Facebook has offered the option of tagging a post where the person who created it may be considering suicide or self-harm. The tagging process is dependent on viewer discretion. Until recently, this option was only accessible to specific English-language users. Soon, this option will be open to everyone. Any individual who sees a cry for help or a post that includes alarming content related to suicide or self-harm can ‘flag’ the post.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook will give “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 (Facebook suggests wording).” There is also the possibility that members of Facebook’s management team will reach out to the person who created the ‘flagged’ post.

Readers, we’re interested in your opinions about this suicide prevention tool. Are there benefits and pitfalls to a tool like this? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Claire McCoy says:

    I know it could be a legal mess but if it saves a life, well worth it.

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