Facebook apologized for a case of advertising gone awry in Canada, where photos of a teen girl who committed suicide in April were used in ads for a dating website.
Facebook is doing its part for suicide prevention month in September by sharing an infographic detailing how its users can quickly access resources or submit reports to the social network about friends under duress, and running a public-service announcement across Facebook for the rest of the month directing its users to the infographic.
Can posts on Facebook and other social networks, and text messages, be used to help determine if there is a risk of suicide? Facebook, Patterns and Predictions, and the Veterans Education and Research Association of Northern New England aim to find out with their collaboration on The Durkheim Project.
Facebook continued its efforts on the suicide-prevention front by teaming up with Save.org (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) to study suicide victims’ activity on the social network in the days just prior to their deaths.
Facebook is continuing its ongoing efforts to combat bullying and address other public safety issues, with a high-ranking executive joining a panel of government and private-sector leaders in the release of a long-awaited report addressing suicide prevention.
Here are three ways to make sure you are being a responsible Facebook friend.
Facebook is doing its part to help prevent suicide, enabling users who see possible suicidal thoughts on their friends’ pages to report it to the social network by clicking on a link, after which the social network will email the friends and encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or engage in live chats with crisis counselors.
Police successfully prevented the suicide of a man who’d posted a cry for help on Facebook.
LaShonda Armstrong, the New York mother who drove her minivan into the Hudson River Tuesday killing herself and three of her four children, managed to first update a posting on her Facebook account.