Facebook Brings Suicide Prevention Tools to Messenger and Live
Facebook today outlined several new initiatives it has put in place to help those who may intend to harm themselves. The actions follow a commitment made last month by Facebook CEO mark Zuckerberg to do more to help those in need. The new options include suicide prevention tools built into Facebook Live so people can be helped in real time. Facebook offers live chat support from crisis intervention groups, too, via Facebook Messenger. Facebook also made the process of reporting possible suicides easier with the help of artificial intelligence. Facebook hopes the new tools, available on mobile devices and the web, will help people find help on their own, as well as allow others to intervene when needed.
Facebook Brings Crisis and Emergency Tools Under One Roof
Sep 14, 2017
Facebook today announced Crisis Response, a single spot where users will be able to find information about a range of natural and man-made disasters, weather events, and more. Crisis Response houses existing Facebook tools such as Safety Check, Community Help, and Fundraisers.
Facebook Seeks to Improve Bots for People, Brands, and Developers
Apr 18, 2017
Facebook today announced major changes to its Messenger platform that should make bots easier to find and use. To start, Messenger now includes a Discover tab where people can recall recently used bots, as well as use a free-form search field to seek out new bots.
Facebook Adds Dating, Story Sharing, Group Organization, More
May 1, 2018
Facebook today made a significant number of additions to its platform that will lead to more features for end users over time. For example, a new tool will allow Facebook users to post to their Facebook Stories directly through third-party apps.
Facebook to Let Businesses and Organizations Post In Community Help
Feb 15, 2018
Facebook wants to make it easier for people to find and receive help during crisis and other events. The social network today said it will allow organizations and businesses post in the Community Help section so they may offer information and/or assistance to those impacted by adverse events.
Google Assistant Lets Device Makers Create Custom Actions
Mar 9, 2018
Google today introduced new Custom Device Actions for Google Assistant that will give devices native functionality specific to their hardware. Custom Device Actions build on the Assistant's existing Actions tool for issuing specific commands.