Our country is shaken by an incredibly numerous report on suicide. However, what might be even more worrying is the fact that a big part of these cases are related to Blue Whale, the latest dangerous internet trend. Therefore, Facebook decided to take measures against it, and prevent the promotion of the game on its News Feed.
Facebook takes measures against online suicide challenges
Blue Whale is a psychological game which encourages young people to engage in all kinds of self-destructive challenges and behavior, until they reach the final stage, where they should take their own life. An alarming number of people embraced this trend, so the social media giant decided to collaborate with several suicide prevention associations against it.
Together, they will start investigating, and will look for those specific names, hashtags, or groups which encourage people to commit suicide or self-harm. Also, Facebook will remove all content which displays or promotes this behavior, as it’s not in accordance with its Community Standards.
The Safety Center offers resources to people in need
On September 10th, the entire world celebrated the Suicide Prevention Day. Starting on that day, Facebook offered all its resources to connect all people in need with therapists, suicide prevention lines, or anything which could help them cope and surpass the dark thoughts. Being connected is one of the main ideas behind Facebook, and this might be the main contributing factor to preventing suicide.
Facebook’s Safety Center will also be updated with information regarding all resources people can resort to. If you have a friend with a suicidal behavior, a difficult conflict, or some problems you feel you cannot solve, the Center will offer you all kinds of useful information.
The Safety Center will also guide you if you are a parent, teacher, or work with teenagers and need to find out how to tackle online security. Suicide is one of the greatest epidemics of the century, and we must show those people who are having a hard time there are solutions, and they can always get help.
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