Facebook To Add Suicide-Risk Alert System

Mark Zuckerberg CEO FacebookBBC News reports:

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.

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23 Comments on "Facebook To Add Suicide-Risk Alert System"

  1. They’re watching you

  2. They’re watching you

  3. Weekendsvanatta | Mar 9, 2011 at 1:22 am |

    when will they have the drug user and alternative thinker alert? that will be awesome we can finally destroy all those free thinking freaks out there….with the push of a button.

  4. Weekendsvanatta | Mar 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm |

    when will they have the drug user and alternative thinker alert? that will be awesome we can finally destroy all those free thinking freaks out there….with the push of a button.

  5. I cannot at all imagine people using this information for trolling purposes.

    Also, I believe Sarah Palin is threatening suicide. *Political* suicide.

  6. I cannot at all imagine people using this information for trolling purposes.

    Also, I believe Sarah Palin is threatening suicide. *Political* suicide.

  7. Anonymous | Mar 9, 2011 at 6:02 am |

    I think Tom Cruise already did something similar in Minority Report.

  8. StillAtMyMoms | Mar 9, 2011 at 2:02 am |

    I think Tom Cruise already did something similar in Minority Report.

  9. talk about effing mission creep…its a social site…not the 911 help line…never minding the million false reports per day that will generated by trolling and disgruntled teens lashing out at exes. stupidest idea ever

  10. talk about effing mission creep…its a social site…not the 911 help line…never minding the million false reports per day that will generated by trolling and disgruntled teens lashing out at exes. stupidest idea ever

  11. Mormonsanta | Mar 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm |

    Reports of my suicide are recieving a high number of “Likes”…

  12. Mormonsanta | Mar 9, 2011 at 11:29 am |

    Reports of my suicide are recieving a high number of “Likes”…

  13. Whatever everybody. This could also help people.

  14. Whatever everybody. This could also help people.

  15. Anonymous | Mar 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm |

    Yet another reason to dump facebook.

  16. hucksawyer | Mar 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm |

    Yet another reason to dump facebook.

  17. vellocent | Mar 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm |

    It will work if they have several psychologists, MI survivors and a couple psychiatrists to help keep people informed (yes all three). Most friends want to help someone who is suffering, why not make it easier?

  18. vellocent | Mar 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm |

    It will work if they have several psychologists, MI survivors and a couple psychiatrists to help keep people informed (yes all three). Most friends want to help someone who is suffering, why not make it easier?

  19. vellocent | Mar 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm |

    It will work if they have several psychologists, MI survivors and a couple psychiatrists to help keep people informed (yes all three). Most friends want to help someone who is suffering, why not make it easier?

  20. this could absolutely help people, if this new “service” saves just one life then the whole facebook “movement” would have been worth it. lets cheers the f**k up people cmon. ^^

  21. this could absolutely help people, if this new “service” saves just one life then the whole facebook “movement” would have been worth it. lets cheers the f**k up people cmon. ^^

  22. I wish there was a dislike button because of that comment.

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