Facebook, Google and Instagram are using algorithms to predict which of the most popular websites will have the most people with social anxiety.
The companies said Thursday that their algorithms work by gathering data from the sites and then using it to predict what websites users might be most likely to visit.
The new feature will allow users to check their “most frequent” visits on each of the sites to see which sites they are most likely at, said a company blog.
The move is in response to the growing number of suicide-prevention apps.
The apps have helped hundreds of millions of people around the world prevent suicide, and they’re gaining in popularity as they try to understand why people are taking their own lives.
“We’ve been hearing stories of people who’ve tried to commit suicide from apps like the one we developed,” said Brian Schiller, head of product marketing for Instagram, in a statement.
“It’s important for people to know that, in the case of suicide, their apps are not only useful, but also helpful.”
Facebook said its algorithm “allows users to make informed decisions on what they want to see and share on their feeds, whether it’s news or photos, and to be alerted when a new feature is available.”
Google said its algorithms help it “build relationships with advertisers and other partners, help advertisers deliver more relevant ads and help advertisers target people in their communities with relevant ads.”
Instagram said it uses “deep-learning techniques” to help the company “provide personalized recommendations for the content people want to view.”
The social networking sites said they will “continue to work on a more targeted way to use the data we collect about users” to improve safety and security.