- David McCabe
- Nov 27
Facebook turns to AI to spot suicidal thoughts
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2016. Photo: Manu Fernadez / AP
Facebook said Monday it would use artificial intelligence to identify posts and live videos where users are expressing suicidal thoughts.
Why it matters: The company has been under pressure for live-streaming violent and graphic incidents, while being accused of not having the human resources to successfully moderate live content on its platform.
- Facebook's Guy Rosen said the company would use "pattern recognition technology to help identify posts and live streams as likely to include thoughts of suicide."
- That technology will launch outside of the U.S. and, according to Facebook, ultimately be used around the world but not in the European Union.
- The company will also be tasking more human employees with vetting reports of possible self-harm on the platform.
Go deeper: Our report earlier this year on how Facebook Live had been hosting videos of gruesome crimes.