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Old 08.03.2011, 21:07
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Facebook to add Suicide alert system

Facebook is launching a system that allows users to report friends who they think may be contemplating suicide.
The feature is being run in conjunction with Samaritans, which said several people had used it during a test phase.
Anyone worried about a friend can fill out a form, detailing their concerns, which is passed to the social networking site's moderators.
It follows reports of several cases where Facebook users announced their intention to commit suicide online.


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Old 08.03.2011, 23:32
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Re: Facebook to add Suicide alert system

The link with the Samaritans came about from a case in Brighton on Boxing Day.

I don't think Facebook have done much at all. There is nothing on the main pages to highlight this. It is hidden away in the help pages.

All they are going to do is what any responsible person should do and report the situation or contact the poster.

The friend who saw the message first is almost certainly in a better position to do this than Facebook is.

It is similar to Facebook and child protection. There are apparantly mechanisms in place for young people to report suspicious behaviour. Nothing is obvious on the site.

They seem to be doing the absolute minimum to keep their critics quiet.
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