Ahead of the World Suicide Prevention Day, which falls on September 10, social networking giant Facebook has joined hands with support service Samaritans to launch a series of suicide prevention tools. Facebook will rely on its users to flag posts from friends or family that may be indicative of suicidal emotions or tendencies. The tools also prompt an option of reaching out to a friend or contacting a Samaritans volunteer. On World Suicide Prevention Day , individuals and organizations alike will be drawing attention to the problem of suicide and advocating for the prevention of this terrible tragedy. Also Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsApp
“Posts of concern are then prioritized by Facebook moderators who can contact the relevant individual with help options and resources developed in association with Samaritans,” Irish Times reported. “People use Facebook to connect with friends and family, and that’s why we’re evolving the support, resources and advice available to people who are in distress and their concerned friends and family members,” Julie de Bailliencourt, Facebook’s European safety policy manager, was quoted as saying. Surrey-based Samaritans provides emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
Facebook is soon planning to roll out the Continuous Live Video following the success of its Live video feature. While the current Live video is only limited to 90-minute time-frame, Facebook’s Continuous Live API enables streaming of video for up to 24 hours. What comes as the only drawback is that the videos will not get saved and so the viewers cannot replay the video unlike normal Facebook Live videos.
Facebook launched its Live API at its F8 conference held last month. The Live API allows you to create stories on Facebook using live video from a variety of sources. Instead of just streaming through smartphones, Facebook now also allows the use of professional cameras to shoot the video. Since the launch number of partners have jumped from 12 to more than 100.
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