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Facebook tightens noose on policies to prevent suicide, self-harm

The social media giant Facebook has been working on suicide prevention measures since a few years now, the company has introduced its artificial intelligence, AI-based suicide prevention tools as well.

SNS | New Delhi |

On the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day, Facebook Inc. is tightening its policies around self-harm, suicide and eating disorder and has announced its plan to hire well-being and health expert to join its safety policy team.

The social media giant Facebook has been working on suicide prevention measures since a few years now, the company has introduced its artificial intelligence, AI-based suicide prevention tools as well.

“Earlier this year, we began hosting regular consultations with experts from around the world to discuss some of the more difficult topics associated with suicide and self-injury. These include how we deal with suicide notes, the risks of sad content online and newsworthy depiction of suicide,” Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety, Facebook, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

“…We’ve made several changes to improve how we handle this content. We tightened our policy around self-harm to no longer allow graphic cutting images to avoid unintentionally promoting or triggering self-harm, even when someone is seeking support or expressing themselves to aid their recovery,” Davis added.

Photo-sharing platform Facebook-owned Instagram stared hiding self-harm images behind “sensitivity screens” this year. Instagram also prevents self-harm content from appearing in its “Explore” tab and it has taken steps to prohibit content that may promote eating disorders.

(With input from agencies)