In Brief

Facebook's initiative with Samaritans to curb suicide relies on users directly reporting troubling messages posted by people in their social network.

Partnering with suicide prevention organization Samaritans, Facebook is unveiling a feature that will allow UK users to report any suicidal activity they see on the site directly to Facebook. Concerned users can access the report form through the network’s Help Center page, and will be asked to give the full name of the user, networks that the user belongs to, and the URL for the message they suspect is suicidal. Site moderators will then determine whether to contact the police or forward the report on to Samaritans, who will reach out directly to the distressed user.

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