Suicide is ranked as the third leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 14 and second among people ages 15 to 24 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Obviously, suicide and depression are a serious problem facing society. People who are contemplating suicide often feel helpless and reach out, but hearing and acting on cries for help doesn’t always happen in time. Tragically, many people who have struggled with depression and/or suicidal thoughts have used social media to post notes about their intentions to take their own lives or even live stream their suicides.
In response, Facebook announced a few months ago that it would be taking more initiative in using its platform for social good. One of Facebook’s tools to aide with suicide prevention is artificial intelligence.
Facebook has developed algorithms that recognize patterns in user’s posts to flag them in case they are at risk of committing suicide. Critics hav ...