BBC News – Facebook adds Samaritans suicide risk alert system

 

 

Facebook is launching a system that allows users to report friends who they think may be contemplating suicide.

The feature is being run in conjunction with Samaritans, which said several people had used it during a test phase.

Anyone worried about a friend can fill out a form, detailing their concerns, which is passed to the social networking site’s moderators.

It follows reports of several cases where Facebook users announced their intention to commit suicide online.

The reporting page asks for the address (URL) of the Facebook page where the messages are posted, the full name of the user and details of any networks they are members of.

Suicide-related alerts will be escalated to the highest level, for attention by Facebook’s user operations team.

via BBC News – Facebook adds Samaritans suicide risk alert system.

Yea, because if I’m worried about a friend possibly committing suicide, I’m going to the Facebook Team first. Give me a break. Their egos simply can’t be this inflated, can they? I see this being much more often abused by people trying to play jokes or otherwise harass people rather than any kind of legitimate tool.

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