Due to the latest happenings, Facebook decided to take action and add a fundraising tool, through its already existing Safety Check feature
Facebook declared on Wednesday that it would allow its users to raise and donate money using the “Safety Check” feature that is already available on the platform. It aims to make it easier for those affected by natural disasters and violent attacks to receive help when they most need it.
Safety Check was first launched back in 2014, and it allows Facebook users to notify their friends that they are safe, in case of a unfortunate event. It was first used in the United States last year, after a gunman massacred almost 50 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The fundraising tool present in Safety Check will become available and online in the coming weeks in the U.S, as Facebook mentioned in a blog post.
The social network has about 1.94 billion users worldwide. It has activated Safety Check for users in London on Wednesday, when a terrible fire took place in a housing block and killed at least 6 people and injured more than 70 others.
The Safety Check tool has also been available last month, when deadly attacks took place on London Bridge.
Facebook also added that its “Community Help” feature, that helps people who are affected by disasters find each other locally in order to provide and receive assistance, would soon expand and become available for desktop users, too.
Facebook’s actions are a clear sign that technology can do a lot of good and can be integrated and adapted in such a way that it helps people when they most need it. Moreover, accepting the fact that we live in a digital world is highly important, as trends indicate that this is only the beginning.