Improve Policies Regarding Suicidal Content
  • Petitioned CEO, Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg) COO, Facebook (Sheryl Sandberg)

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CEO, Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg) COO, Facebook (Sheryl Sandberg)

Improve Policies Regarding Suicidal Content

    1. Katharine Royal
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      Katharine Royal

      Carrboro, NC

I was so thrilled a few months back to hear that Facebook was developing a way to get help to people who posted suicidal content on FB. So many post on FB warnings that they are depressed to the point of taking their own lives, and I was under the impression FB had found a way to track the people and get emergency help to them. Unfortunately, after reporting such content, I found that all FB does is send an email to the person suggesting to them that they seek professional help and giving them resources. This is great if somebody is depressed, NOT great if somebody has a gun in their hand. They need IMMEDIATE help! Let's tell FB to enforce stricter policies with regard to suicidal content where lives can be saved in desperate situations! There needs to be a way for the local police of the person in question to be contacted when somebody says they are about to do something or already have to get help to them promptly.

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    • Frederica Ehimen CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Suicide in most cases is 100% preventable if the person needing help gets the supportive resources that they need.

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    • Courtney LeCount MODESTO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Many people have already taken their lives after posting a status on Facebook. This also goes PERFECTLY hand in hand with cyberbullying!

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    • Lisa DeSherlia ST. LOUIS MO, MO
      • about 2 years ago

      There definitely needs to be effective policies and practices in place to save the lives of Facebook users who post suicidal content than a then the existing practice of "reporting" suicidal users and forwarding email to them about resources where they can make phone calls. How about improving Facebook Chat for this purpose? Facebook Chat could be channeled for good, to save lives through immediate access with caring users. Facebook has the moral obligation to improve its default settings so that suicidal posts will be visible so anyone can see them! And such posts should be automatically the day's "Top News!" These are lives we are talking about and though it may make users uncomfortable and even offended, priorities need to be set. This is Facebook's time to show that it cares about its users.

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    • A Mitchell KANSAS CITY, MO
      • about 2 years ago

      Mark just read the post of sucides till it takes you away form the rest of us.

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    • Leah Zeller SCHAUMBURG, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      I suffer with Suicidal Ideation and I believe this is needed for all. Thank you!!!

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