July 23, 2017

Facebook Safety Checks can now raise relief funds after a disaster

17 June 2017, 06:32 | Brandon Parsons

Facebook to add fundraising option to 'Safety Check'

Facebook Is Adding a Fundraising Option to Safety Check

"Keeping the community safe means everything to us at Facebook and we hope that these updates to Safety Check continue to do just that". Over the past two years, it's been activated more than 600 times and used to notify people more than a billion times. As part of their ongoing commitment to build a safe community, Facebook will announce several updates to Safety Check.

Facebook is also incorporating their fundraising features into Safety Check.

Users will reportedly be able to raise money for a personal cause or donate to a charity through the Safety Check feature itself.

The site now also lets people reach out to offer help.

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It'll be rolled out in the USA in the coming weeks, according to the social media giant, and follows hot on the heels of personal fundraisers launched on the site last month. Community Help is now available on desktop PCs via a web browser. "Additionally, Community Help is now available for all crises where Safety Check is activated", Facebook said.

Adding more context with a personal note: After marking themselves safe, people will be able to share additional information to help reassure friends they are safe and provide more context about the crisis. This extra note will allow people to add more context to their safety marker and will tag crisis descriptions from NC4.

After a number of people who do not live in proximity to the tower were promoted by Facebook to mark themselves as safe, the social media platform was criticised for generating unnecessary concern for friends and relatives. The last new feature is a description of the crisis that prompted Safety Check. It allows people within a crisis zone to give help if they can or find help if they need it. Safety Check is a useful feature, given our always-connected lifestyles, and it's nice to see that Facebook is noticing how people are using the feature and adapting it as a result.

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