Facebook to use AI to identify users in danger of committing potential rape.

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Facebook has trained AI to find patterns in the words and imagery used in posts that have been manually reported for suicide risk in the past. It also looks for comments like “are you OK?” and “Do you need help?”

If Facebook can do this for people who may be a potential suicide risk, I'm suggesting there's also a way to predict behaviour that may identify particular individuals as potential rapists.

VP of Product Management Guy Rosen stated about Facebook's approach to mental health - “We’ve talked to mental health experts, and one of the best ways to help prevent suicide is for people in need to hear from friends or family that care about them,” Rosen says. “This puts Facebook in a really unique position. We can help connect people who are in distress connect to friends and to organizations that can help them.”

This same process could be used to connect male friends with people showing worrying signs and give potential warnings to female people connected to the person showing worrying or violent behaviour. 

In this Facebook post https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10104242660091961
CEO Mark Zuckerberg states "In the future, AI will be able to understand more of the subtle nuances of language, and will be able to identify different issues beyond suicide as well, including quickly spotting more kinds of bullying and hate.”

I'm suggesting that we raise awareness and direct this idea towards Facebook so they work with health care professionals and relevant parties to make this process a priority.