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Facebook announced that it is rolling out artificial intelligence technologyto help it detect posts, videos, and Facebook live streams that contain suicidal thoughts.
The “proactive detection” technology is being deployed globally after a trial on text-based posts in the US, which was announced in March. However, there is one rather large exception: the European Union, where data privacy laws make it tricky.
“We are starting to roll out artificial intelligence outside the US to help identify when someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide, including on Facebook Live,” said Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of product management, in a blog post. “This will eventually be available worldwide, except the EU.”