Today Facebook launched a system to prevent suicides in the United States. The person in distress can chat with a counselor. The system is based on the reporting of suicidal behavior by his friends. Once one of them spots a suspicious comment, a button near it can be reported. Facebook will send a message to the author of the comment, encouraging them to call a hotline or a confidential chat. “Science shows that we can reduce suicidal thoughts,” said Lidia Bernik, Associate Director of Project Lifeline, the institution charged with Facebook to provide this service. There are many examples of suicides announced and sometimes prevented by Facebook.
In 2009, an Englishman tried to end his life by swallowing drugs, but had put one of his friends in the know on Facebook. It is prevented the authorities in time to save the suicidal.