TechCrunch: Facebook rolls out AI to detect suicidal posts before they’re reported

TechCrunch: Facebook rolls out AI to detect suicidal posts before they’re reported. “This is software to save lives. Facebook’s new ‘proactive detection’ artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders. By using AI to flag worrisome posts to human moderators instead of waiting for user reports, Facebook can decrease how long it takes to send help.” A great idea, but I’m really worried about how it will work. Facebook has flagged way too many innocuous images as offensive for me to be enthusiastic about this.

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