Facebook’s effort to stop suicides by monitoring your posts reveals a worrisome gap between tech giants and healthcare experts

Facebook's effort to stop suicides by monitoring your posts reveals a worrisome gap between tech giants and healthcare experts

Facebook has a suicide-monitoring tool that uses machine learning to identify posts that may indicate someone is at risk of killing themselves. The tool was involved in sending emergency responders to locations more than 3,500 times as of last fall. A Harvard psychiatrist is worried the tool could worsen health problems by homing in on the wrong people or escalating mental-health crises. Facebook does not consider the tool to be health research and hasn't published any information on how it works or whether it's successful.

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