Facebook will launch a new artificial intelligence tool to help users who may be contemplating suicide while using the platform, in order to prevent them from taking that step, the social network reported today.
The company will seek to recognize patterns in the publications and live videos of users that suggest that a person is considering the option to end their lives, as the company said in a statement.
According to the vice president of Productive Management of Facebook, Guy Rosen, they will also improve the identification mechanisms of those who would be the first to respond to such a case, and will add more researchers to their team to report suicides and self-harm.
The techniques, which are already being tested in users, include a new algorithm to detect situations that, until now, went unnoticed.
Facebook, which has been working on the prevention of suicide for more than ten years, said it wants the tool to be available not only in the United States, but also in most countries of the world, except the European Union (EU).