Harvard Law / Bill of Health: Negligent Failure to Prevent Suicide in the Age of Facebook Live

Harvard Law / Bill of Health: Negligent Failure to Prevent Suicide in the Age of Facebook Live. “Once Facebook suspects that a user is at risk to commit suicide, what duties does it owe that individual? Could Facebook be found negligent if it doesn’t do enough to prevent self-harm? While states have allowed negligence claims for failure to prevent suicide, those claims are traditionally limited to psychiatric professionals.[1] Liability is premised on the existence of a relationship with the individual, the specialized expertise and experience of the professional, and the foreseeability of the self-harm. Cf. Bogust v. Iverson, 102 N.W.2d 228, 230 (Wis. Sup. Ct. 1960). Facebook’s suicide identification algorithm represents an interesting case because the social network could, in theory, meet the requisite criteria.”