Berkeley Lab: Berkeley Lab Team Uses Deep Learning to Help Veterans Administration Address Suicide Risks

Berkeley Lab: Berkeley Lab Team Uses Deep Learning to Help Veterans Administration Address Suicide Risks. “Researchers in the Computational Research Division (CRD) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are applying deep learning and analytics to electronic health record (EHR) data to help the Veterans Administration (VA) address a host of medical and psychological challenges affecting many of the nation’s 700,000 military veterans.”

Ars Technica: Suicide instructions spliced into kids’ cartoons on YouTube and YouTube Kids

Ars Technica: Suicide instructions spliced into kids’ cartoons on YouTube and YouTube Kids. “Tips for committing suicide are appearing in children’s cartoons on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app. The sinister content was first flagged by doctors on the pediatrician-run parenting blog pedimom.com and later reported by the Washington Post. An anonymous ‘physician mother’ initially spotted the content while watching cartoons with her son on YouTube Kids as a distraction while he had a nosebleed. Four minutes and forty-five seconds into a video, the cartoon cut away to a clip of a man, who many readers have pointed out resembles Internet personality Joji (formerly Filthy Frank). He walks onto the screen and simulates cutting his wrist. ‘Remember, kids, sideways for attention, longways for results,’ he says and then walks off screen. The video then quickly flips back to the cartoon.”

Refinery29: Self-Harm & Suicide Content Is Still Alarmingly Easy To Find on Social Media

Refinery 29: Self-Harm & Suicide Content Is Still Alarmingly Easy To Find on Social Media. “While other harmful topics appear to have been blocked completely on Instagram, searching for ‘self harm’ still brings up handles which contain the words. Some accounts are private, others are not. Within a minute of browsing through these accounts, you can find alternative self-harm hashtags in image captions that are currently in use, which are often amalgams of similar words and phrases.”

Scottish Daily Record: ‘Lawless’ social media giants ‘will be forced to remove harmful content’ after tragic teen suicide

Scottish Daily Record: ‘Lawless’ social media giants ‘will be forced to remove harmful content’ after tragic teen suicide. “Social media networks could be forced to remove harmful content or risk breaking the law under plans being drawn up by the Government. If the proposals go ahead, Facebook and apps such as Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter will be forced to take down illegal content and protect vulnerable users.”

Voice of America: Social Media Giants Blamed for British Teenage Suicides

Voice of America: Social Media Giants Blamed for British Teenage Suicides. “In the past eight years, the suicide rate among British teenagers has nearly doubled. Last year around 200 schoolchildren killed themselves. Tech giants do not bear all of the responsibility for the deaths, their critics say, but they are abetting them by not doing enough to help stop them. Amid growing public uproar, the British government has said next month, it will unveil groundbreaking legislation designed to enforce a legal duty of care on such firms.”

The Week: Social media firms face ban over suicide images

The Week: Social media firms face ban over suicide images. “Matt Hancock has written to social media bosses at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Google and Apple warning them to ‘purge’ material promoting self-harm and suicide to ensure they do not breach the policies of internet providers.”

Michael K. Spencer: Facebook’s Suicide Algorithms are Invasive

Michael K. Spencer: Facebook’s Suicide Algorithms are Invasive. “We think of artificial intelligence as something that should better humanity, but user monitoring is an invasion of privacy. Facebook’s incessant experiments on us, whether with dating or blockchain are going to take a toll on us. But to be rated by how likely we are to self-harm? That’s state monitoring at its worst. It’s worse I think than Chinese parents wanting GPS smart clothing for their kids. There’s a place for AI to benefit people, but it’s not a company like Facebook to warn us or our loved ones if we are suicidal.”