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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Google fixes search results to help prevent suicide

Google doesn't often fix search results, but they're making an exception when it comes to suicide. Search results for terms that indicate someone may be at risk of taking his or her own life now include the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, prominently displayed above other results and at a larger size than ads. It includes "ways to commit suicide," and similar searches, but not "end my own life".

Google Suicide Hotline
At a time when many people turn to Google before even calling a friend for help, it's nice to see the search giant taking steps to save lives. This is the second time Google has modified the search results to help with possible emergency situations. The first was adding the poison control hotline number to searches for poison emergencies.

2 comments:

Harshita said...

This is pretty much informative.. I had no clue on the same.. thanks for sharing

Pritam Kumar Nayak said...

u r welcome!! n ur blog is also cool.. keep writing... all d best..

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