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Facebook launches suicide-prevention service

Original post made on Dec 13, 2011

Facebook is offering a new service on its website to help prevent suicides in the United States and Canada, the social-networking giant announced Tuesday (Dec. 13).

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Posted by CID YOUNG
a resident of another community
on Dec 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

And...F/B ..what about a button to report ON_LINE BULLYING...which has shown to sometimes lead to teen suicide for those who have experienced extreme bullying, live or on-line or...BOTH!

It's a shame that the incredible resources of F/B can't be used for a positive intervention which could (also) be an anonymous report by other users.

I am a 60 year old adult, with no kids, and live in Moss Beach, CA. I am a Facebook user, but it distresses me to read news of teen bullying.

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Posted by Koa
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm


There is a "Report" button on any status, comment, photo or anything else someone posts. You can then select "It's harassing me" or "It's harassing a friend" which will send the content to be reviewed and removed if necessary.

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Posted by Reality
a resident of another community
on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:46 am

CID- While facebook is at it, they should have a button that feeds, clothes, and even changes it users who obviously don't need to participate in normal adult activities and behavior. Its a nice gesture, and hopefully will save a life, lets just accept that personal responsibility, strong parenting, and well informed schools, will and is the gold standard when it comes to solving all other issues young teens face.

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Posted by fred
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 14, 2011 at 1:16 am

Facebook is for people with too much time on their hands...a useless venue

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Posted by janebennett
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Dec 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm

janebennett is a registered user.

Just a while ago, I also read an article connected with this sensational chat support function. Please allow me to share the link. Here it is: Web Link.

It is an infallible truth that people share a big portion of their life on Facebook. In fact, several users clock in at over an hour a day on the social network. Therefore, people who are a danger to themselves might now be documented by buddies and loved ones on Facebook. In partnership with suicide prevention organizations, instant chat help will be offered.

On the contrary, others remonstrated the idea. As we all know, Facebook is a public forum, which means that the information posted on Facebook is not covered under the HIPPA medical privacy law. This means that the data shared could be utilized by companies attempting to scrape the network for insurance. However, despite this, many people are much more willing to share on Facebook, including their psychological state and their future plans.

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Posted by susie
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm

How many kids have killed themselves after being bullied by too much sharing on Facebook. I think its around 6 nationwide.

Whats this BUTTON going to do. How absurd. Better to get OFF facebook and have some real friends.

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