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Facebook wants to get smarter about suicide prevention

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds -- and Facebook wants to leverage artificial intelligence to help with prevention.

The company announced Wednesday it is testing the ability for AI to identify potential "suicide or self injury" posts based on pattern recognition from posts that have been previously flagged on the site in the past. Its community operations team will then review the posts to decide if Facebook should surface crisis resources to the user.

Facebook to be a campaign tool for election

Director of the PNG National Research Institute (NRI), Dr. Charles Yala said technology, especially social media will play a far more important role in the elections, unseen before. 

“In the past bulk of the policy issue and the information used to be Port Moresby centred, the rest of PNG did not have access to this information or if they had, it was pretty much delayed,” Dr Yala said.  

“But with social media and mobile phone, the information is getting out there, whether it’s right information or wrong information, it is out there.”

Facebook blocks nude painting by acclaimed artist

Charles Blackman's oil work Women Lovers features two nude women resting on a bed beside a cat.

Art broker Mossgreen tried to promote it on Facebook, but the social media network rejected it for "advertising adult products or services".

Mossgreen chief executive Paul Summer said the decision was "ridiculous".

"This is a very beautiful image that is not overtly sexual in any shape or form," he told the BBC.

"It's like going back to the 1950s. It's ridiculous to censor this sort of thing."

Facebook confusion over fake cancer babies U-turns

The social network twice disabled the account following complaints, only to re-enable it hours later.

"These posts are clearly distressing for the families and this content has now been removed," a spokeswoman said.

"We apologise for the delay in taking them down."

The social network acted for a third time after the matter was brought to its attention by the BBC. It has not explained the actions of its complaints team.

One internet expert said the behaviour had been "bonkers" and called into question Facebook's safety procedures.

 

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Facebook investigates fake cancer child post

The message claimed the boy instead had cancer and that the social network would donate money for surgery if users "liked" it or wrote comments.

More than a million people have engaged with the post since it was created at the start of February.

One security expert warned these users might now be targeted by scammers.

Mark Zuckerberg's plan to save the world ... with Facebook

Now he's focusing on how to stop the world from breaking apart.

In a nearly 6,000 word manifesto published Thursday, Zuckerberg writes candidly about how Facebook's mission for "building a global community" is contrary to the current political trend toward nationalism in the U.S. and abroad.

Facebook is playing an increasingly important role in activism

And now researchers have determined just how much of an impact the social network had.

According to a study from researchers at the University of Maryland, almost 70% of people who attended the D.C. march heard about it on Facebook (FBTech30). Meanwhile, 61% from friends and family.

Facebook algorithms 'will identify terrorists'

In a letter describing the plan, he said algorithms would eventually be able to spot terrorism, violence, bullying and even prevent suicide.

He admitted Facebook had previously made mistakes in the content it had removed from the website.

But he said it would take years for the necessary algorithms to be developed.

Signal messaging app rolls out encrypted video calling

The Signal app, which is widely considered the most secure of all other encrypted messaging apps, released video calling feature on Tuesday for both Android and iOS in a new update.

Developed by open source software group Open Whisper System, Signal is a free and open source messaging application specially designed for Android and iOS users to make secure and encrypted messages and voice calls.

Even the Signal Protocol powers the end-to-end encryption built into WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo's Incognito mode as well.

What does this purple bird mean?

If not, it will be only a matter of time before this weird little fellow is as familiar on your feed as a thumbs-up.

Trash Dove, a Facebook sticker which has bowled over social media in Asia, is the cartoon baby of American artist Syd Weiler.

The Florida-based illustrator drew the bird in September 2016 and subsequently created a set of Facebook stickers in January 2017.