Facebook’s suicide prevention algorithm raises ethical conc…


“Considering the amount of personal medical and mental health information Facebook accumulates in determining whether a person is at risk for suicide, the public health system it actives through calling emergency services, and the need to ensure equal access and efficacy if the system does actually work as hoped, the scope seems more fitting for public health departments than a publicly traded company whose mandate is to return value to shareholders,” the pair conclude in their commentary. “What happens when Google offers such a service based on search history, Amazon on purchase history, and Microsoft on browsing history?”

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