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Facebook hires health expert to help prevent suicides

n April, the U.K. asked Facebook, along with Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Snap Inc., to commit to dealing with the issue. Foto: Dado Ruvic

Facebook said it will begin sharing public data about how users talk about suicide as part of ongoing efforts to address concerns about suicide and self-harm on the social media site.

In a blog post on World Suicide Day, Facebook Inc. said it will give academic researchers access to CrowdTangle, a tool often used by news and media organizations to monitor social media, to explore how information shared on Facebook and Instagram can be used to help prevent suicide. The company will also include guidelines for talking about mental health by Orygen, an organization that studies youth mental health, on the platform's Safety Center and hire a health expert to join its safety team...

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