Facebook adds Samaritans suicide risk alert system

Facebook is launching a system that allows users to report friends who they think may be contemplating suicide.The feature is being run in conjunction with Samaritans, which said several people had used it during a test phase.Anyone worried about a friend can fill out a form, detailing their concerns, which is passed to the site’s moderators.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12667343Also see:Facebook links up with Samaritans on suicidal friends alert
A facility allowing members of Facebook to sound the alert about friends they believe may be suicidal has been launched as part of a collaboration between the social networking site and the Samaritans.The launch follows a number of reported cases in which Facebook users posted messages before attempting suicide, and the death over Christmas of Simone Back, who told 1,048 Facebook friends that she had taken an overdose. No one raised the alarm until the following day.

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