In a bid to save lives Facebook and other social media giants are now wading into suicide prevention work—creating new alert systems designed to better identify and help at-risk individuals. Last Wednesday Facebook unveiled a new suite of tools including the company’s first pattern recognition algorithms to spot users who may be suicidal or at risk of lesser self-harm. Facebook says the new effort will help it flag concerning posts and connect users with mental health services. It also represents a new front in its machine learning.
"Can Facebook's Machine-Learning Algorithms Accurately Predict Suicide?" is from scientificamerican.com, published on March 8, 2017.