It all started back in February, when Facebook introduced a mechanism which helped users alert the social network when a friend showed online signs of struggle with self-harming and suicidal thoughts.
Then, in May, the social network rolled out some enhancements to this feature, notifying users whose posts are flagged as troubling that a friend is concerned about their post. The updated feature also offered some sort of “first aid”, redirecting them to information sources which offered support on how to tackle their stressful situation.
However, all these useful tools were available and rolled out only in the United States. Right now, the social network is expanding this feature, developed along with mental health organisations, and will start making it available to users across the globe.
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With only harassment and abuse at an all-time height, it’s crucial for social networks to provide mechanisms that prevent people from harming themselves. Posts flagged as worrying will receive a priority treatment from Facebook’s team, especially in cases were self harm is imminent.
This is a great step towards a safest online world and we’re pretty sure that other social networks will follow suit.