MENLO PARK (CBS SF) — Facebook rolled out a new feature designed to help prevent suicides by allowing users to quickly alert someone if a friend appears to be thinking of harming themselves.
Users will be able to report to Facebook posts they believe may indicate a friend is thinking of suicide. Facebook will review the post and contact the poster if the social networking site believes they may be in distress.READ MORE: Meier Scores Franchise-Record 5 Goals As Sharks Rout Kings, 6-2
Facebook teamed up with suicide prevention organizations including the University of Washington’s Forefront organization to offer options for users to reach out to and receive support.READ MORE: COVID: Lower Levels Of Viral RNA In Wastewater May Signal Turning Point In Surge
If Facebook decides it’s necessary, users will see a message reading that, “a friend thinks you might be going through something difficult and asked us to look at your recent post.”MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Firefighters Battle Fire In Abandoned Home In San Jose
The site then gives the user a prompt to call a friend, or seek help through the suicide prevention organizations.