Georgia teen livestreaming suicide attempt on Facebook rescued by cops

“I’m just happy that we can give her back to her family,” Howard said.

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Facebook is testing how computers can quickly identify posts where it’s likely someone is expressing thoughts of suicide, and provide resources to the person even if someone on Facebook has not reported it yet.

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) In this photo illustration, Facebook’s homepage is displayed on a laptop screen on March 25, 2009 in London.

“We need to take in every word,” he said. “When you get into one of these conversations, every word can mean something.”

“It was very serious and we needed to get to it right away,” she said.

Whenever someone contemplates suicide, online or anywhere else, listening is key, said Briggs, who wrote about a book about his experiences, “Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair.”

Facebook spokeswoman Andrea Saul said she couldn’t discuss details of the Georgia case because of privacy reasons, but said the company in March unveiled a series of initiatives designed to help people who go online and contemplate suicide.

“What happens with these kids is they are so impulsive that they don’t see into their future, they don’t see a way out,” Briggs said.

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More than 1,400 people have leaped to their deaths from the bridge since the famed California overpass opened in 1937. But scores of others have been saved when Briggs and other officers intervened.

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Deputies got three possible addresses for the girl from her high school and sent officers speeding to all three homes. She was found in a bathtub at one of them.

ATLANTA — The alarming video on Facebook Live of a Georgia teenager livestreaming her own suicide attempt stayed up long enough to help sheriff’s deputies save her.
A sheriff’s sergeant found the girl unresponsive – but with a pulse – and she’s expected to recover. The 15-year-old girl took pills and put a plastic bag over her head during her suicide attempt May 2, officials from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office said.
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In Georgia, a viewer watching the teen’s livestream called 911. Linda Howard had a nephew who was friends with her on Facebook. Only the teen’s friends could view the video because of the girl’s privacy settings, but Bibb County sheriff’s Sgt. She immediately called her nephew, who viewed the video and let his aunt know it wasn’t a prank.

Kevin Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol sergeant, often spoke with people as they stood on a small metal pipe outside the Golden Gate Bridge’s railings, one step from falling into the Pacific Ocean.
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“She was unresponsive, but one of our sergeants was able to find a pulse,” Howard said, adding that the girl is recovering.

Zuckerberg also announced that Facebook will hire 3,000 more people to review videos of crimes and suicides.

… So a lot of what we’re trying to do is not just about taking the content down but also about helping people when they’re in need on the platform.” In April, Facebook was alerted to another possible suicide and made the decision to keep the video up, Zuckerberg said in a conference call Wednesday. That allowed law enforcement “to use that live video to communicate with that person and help save their life.

It underscores Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s assertion that keeping such videos online can allow friends and others to intervene in real time – and save lives.