Can Facebook Stop Suicides from Going Live on Facebook Video? 11/28/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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One big problem Facebook has faced since it went live with its Facebook live video broadcasting is trying to stop live suicides from being broadcasting on the platform.

Yahoo reports the website plans to expand its recognition software that is used to detect potential suicidal intent among users to other countries after successful tests here in the U.S.  

The software scans Facebook posts and comments for potential signals of an impending suicide and then alerts a team at Facebook that will then contact the person or even authorities in some situations.

I’m all for helping those that may be suicidal, especially if they plan to broadcast that on Facebook live, but this could be a slippery slope because how far will Facebook take this speech recognition software? Could it be expanded to political speech and shutting it down as well?

To be honest, even with this software, I don’t know how Facebook can really stop people from broadcasting their suicide live because there are so many users and video streams, I don’t know how Facebook can monitor all of it. I wish they could, it’s a horrible thing, but it’s an almost impossible task to accomplish.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Posted on November 27, 2017 .