Facebook Partners With Suicide Prevention Group To Identify Warning Signs
The social network will help SAVE analyze posts from individuals who have committed suicide to try to find out how people approach their decision.
Facebook has partnered with suicide prevention group SAVE for a project that will examine the online behavior of those who take their own lives in the days leading up to their deaths. Sadly, the project was initiated after the suicide of prominent Internet activist Aaron Swartz, but the hope is that by analyzing the Facebook behavior of others who have committed suicide will help prevent future suicides.
Data will be gathered from a year’s worth of Facebook posts from twenty people in Minnesota who recently committed suicide. The data will be analyzed for different patterns that could suggest a person is considering suicide, such as the type of language used and the intervals between posts.