Facebook will be using pattern recognition artificial intelligence to more quickly identify suicidal posts.
* Using pattern recognition to detect posts or live videos where someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide, and to help respond to reports faster
* Improving how we identify appropriate first responders
* Dedicating more reviewers from our Community Operations team to review reports of suicide or self harm
Over the last month, Facebook has worked with first responders on over 100 wellness checks based on reports we received via our proactive detection efforts. This is in addition to reports we received from people in the Facebook community. They also use pattern recognition to help accelerate the most concerning reports. They have found these accelerated reports— that they have signaled require immediate attention—are escalated to local authorities twice as quickly as other reports.
Facebook is starting to roll out artificial intelligence outside the US to help identify when someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide, including on Facebook Live. This will eventually be available worldwide, except the EU.
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