(REUTERS) — Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the U.S. to detect users with suicidal intent, the world's largest social media network said on Monday.
Facebook began testing the software in the United States in March, when the company started scanning the text of Facebook posts and comments for phrases that could be signals of an impending suicide. [nL3N1GE48W]
Facebook has not disclosed many technical details of the program, but the company said its software searches for certain phrases that could be clues, such as the questions "Are you ok?" and "Can I help?"
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