|Social Workers to Stalk 'Tired of Being Alone' Tweeters|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, Oct 28, 2014, 11:33 PM|
People on Twitter, who Tweet, "I'm tired of being alone," are at risk of getting contacted by government social workers and could involuntarily get sent off to a mental asylum.
Channel NewsAsia reports that, "A British suicide prevention charity on Wednesday (Oct 29) launched a Twitter-scanning app designed to tip people off when their friends post potentially worrying messages. The free app from Samaritans scans for tweets involving phrases such as "tired of being alone", "hate myself", "depressed", "help me" and "need someone to talk to."
Patricia Cartes, Twitter's global head of trust and safety outreach, is quoted as saying that, "By not addressing this issue we run the risk of shutting these discussions down and driving them underground. Instead we need to use tools such as Samaritans Radar to encourage people to look out for one another online, helping them to reach out and offer support."
According to Channel NewsAsia, "'If the message poster's Twitter followers have the application, they will receive an email which links to the tweet that has been picked up, and offers guidance on how to provide support. Designed by digital agency Jam, the Samaritans Radar app is aimed at Twitter users aged 18-35, who are the most active on social media."
Those on Twitter, who Tweet, "I hate myself," could be sent to mental hospitals as well.
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