Facebook launching AI to spot suicidal users

04/12/2017

Facebook is ramping up its efforts to be a leader in the online world when it comes to addressing tough issues like suicide.

The AM Show’s Aziz Al-Sa’afin says a new update could prove successful in what is an extremely important and sensitive issue.

"This is totally long overdue."

Mr Al-Sa’afin says Facebook will use artificial intelligence, or AI, to analyse users’ profiles and will pick up on posts and content people are sharing online.

The AI will then direct a user to services and helpful advice if it recognises that person is depressed.

After a successful trial in the United States, Facebook is now preparing to launch the technology worldwide.

Watch the full interview with Aziz Al-Sa’afin above. 

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