Facebook is growing up and becoming a more socially-responsible media outlet with their new #FightEbola initiative. In an announcement today, Facebook said they are launching three initiatives to help fight the disease that has devastated thousands of people in multiple West African countries. They plan to:
- Add a donate feature to make it easy to contribute money. Starting next week, this feature will show at the top of News Feeds with the opportunity to donate to the Red Cross, Save the Children or the International Medical Corps.
- Help educate people in collaboration with UNICEF so people everywhere will know more about Ebola. Messages from UNICEF will appear in News Feeds in the appropriate languages to those people in affected areas of Africa.
- Set up emergency services in conjunction with NetHope so that medical and aid workers in these African countries can communicate during dire situations. Facebook is donating 100 mobile satellite communication terminals, called Broadband Global Area Network Devices, in West Africa.
Facebook believes that without a worldwide effort, further education and aid, the Ebola epidemic could become a more world-wide problem. They’ve put on their big boy pants and stepped up to the plate. And considering there are hundreds of millions of Facebook users around the world, this is a great opportunity for Facebook to spread the message and get results.
NBC News has also teamed up with Facebook to share 24 stories of children and families affected by Ebola.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 6, 2014
What will you do to #FightEbola? And will social media be a part of it?