Facebook are taking action to prevent suicide after a series of people using Facebook Live to stream their attempts to end their lives. In some horrific incidences, young people have used the platform to broadcast their suicide attempts; sometimes horrifically, with the comments being full of encouragement.
As a result, Facebook have launched a suicide prevention scheme which will put tools in place to try and help a person in crisis.
If you’re watching someone you think is in danger, the tool will allow you to directly reach out to the person. It will also report and flag the video to Facebook; who will then provide resources to help, including direct access to support lines.
Additionally, the social media platform is also testing a series of messaging service; which will put you in touch with support lines including the National Eating Disorder Association and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
These actions come after multiple tragedies, including that of 12 year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis.
Having been sexually abused by a relative, Katelyn live streamed hanging herself in her back garden. Since then, the video has been taken down from Katelyn’s Facebook page; but trolls have since ripped the video, while police are powerless to stop it spreading on social media.
The new Facebook guidelines will aim to help those in need and prevent as many suicides as possible.