After covering the issue regarding who to administer one’s profile after death with the “legacy contract”, Facebook comes up with a feature for preventing suicide. It is now much easier to react when you feel someone is going through hard times and might do something rash.
So when one discovers a friend posts something worrisome on Facebook, one has the option of addressing the site by clicking on an arrow on the post in order to report it. The person who posted the troublesome material will then receive a private message from Facebook saying that someone was worried about them (“a friend thinks you might be going through something difficult and asked us to look at your recent post”). The site will further offer the user a few options ranging from talking to a friend or an expert at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1 (800) 273-8255), looking over a few suicide prevention tips to skipping the message.
Facebook product manager Rob Boyle and community operations safety specialist Nicole Staubli explained in a post that:
“One of the first things these organizations discussed with us was how much connecting with people who care can help those in distress.”
They continued by saying the site has teams worldwide available at every hour and who analyze all the reported posts. The priorities are posts regarding self-injury.
This feature is not new to the world of Facebook. Since 2011, users are able to address the site regarding “potentially suicidal content” but up until now, it was necessary to prove with screenshots or a link to the post which one would upload on the company’s suicide prevention page.
With the new feature, one only needs to click on the “report” button next to the post. After reposting the concerning post, one receives a series of options which include sending a pre-written message to the person having a hard time or tips regarding suicide prevention. The feature is available on both the desktop and the mobile version of Facebook but only to a limited number of U.S. users. There is a plan to widen the coverage in the next few months.
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