At Facebook’s first Social Good Forum today, we’re announcing tools that empower our community to do more good in the world and help keep them safe:
- Community Help, a new feature that lets you ask for or offer help, including shelter, food and supplies after a natural disaster
- Safety Check, a simple way to let friends and family know you’re okay during a crisis, will now be triggered entirely by our community, not Facebook
- Expanding Fundraisers so people can raise money for more than 750,000 nonprofits and add a donate button to Live videos and posts
- Nonprofit partnerships with Movember this month and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Giving Tuesday
We’re inspired by how much good comes from connecting on Facebook but we know we can do more. Mark Zuckerberg opened today’s Social Good Forum with a video on our work to help keep people safe.
Crisis Response: Safety Check and Community Help
People use Facebook to let friends and family know they’re okay during a crisis. We launched Safety Check in 2014 to make this easier. Initially, Facebook decided when Safety Check was activated, but our goal has always been to make it more useful for people for more types of incidents. We believe people closest to a disaster should play a bigger role in deciding when Safety Check is most helpful. So today, Safety Check will be turned on by our community instead of Facebook. When a lot of people post about an incident from the affected area, they may be asked if they’re safe. Once marked safe, a person can then invite friends to do the same.