Facebook tackles suicides with suicidal alerts


Facebook is launching a system that allows users to report friends who they think may be contemplating suicide. Ôªø The feature is being run in conjunction with Samaritans, which said several people had used it during a test phase. Anyone worried about a friend can fill out a form, detailing their concerns, which is passed to the social networking site's moderators. It follows reports of several cases where Facebook users announced their intention to commit suicide online. The reporting page asks for the address (URL) of the Facebook page where the messages are posted, the full name of the user and details of any networks they are members of. Suicide-related alerts will be escalated to the highest level, for attention by Facebook's user operations team.

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