Facebook's 'Community Help' Tool Lets People Find or Offer Food and Shelter After Crisis
Facebook today updated its Safety Check functionality with a new way to help people in need of assistance. The Community Help tool is meant to allow users to find and give assistance during times of crisis. According to Facebook, Community Help will first be put to use for natural disasters or other large-scale accidents. The tool will launch in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Saudi Arabia first, with other areas to follow. In order for Community Help to become available, Facebook says it must first activate the Safety Check feature. Safety Check typically assigns a name to incidents so they can be tracked, and Facebook will monitor posts in the impacted region. The Community Help tool will let locals offer or accept food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities to one another via direct contact. Facebook didn't say how quickly it expects to expand Community Help.
Sep 14, 2017
Facebook today announced Crisis Response, a single spot where users will be able to find information about a range of natural and man-made disasters, weather events, and more. Crisis Response houses existing Facebook tools such as Safety Check, Community Help, and Fundraisers.
Feb 15, 2018
Facebook wants to make it easier for people to find and receive help during crisis and other events. The social network today said it will allow organizations and businesses post in the Community Help section so they may offer information and/or assistance to those impacted by adverse events.
Jun 14, 2017
Facebook today updated its Safety Check feature by rounding out the set of tools found within. To start, it is now possible to start and/or support a fundraiser directly from within Safety Check.
Jun 8, 2017
Facebook this week said it plans to provide humanitarian and other aid organizations with real-time access to its maps during natural disasters and other emergencies. According to Facebook, it will strip user identities from its map data while still showing where people are moving, where people might be marking themselves as safe, and other, similar trending information.
May 1, 2018
Facebook today made a significant number of additions to its platform that will lead to more features for end users over time. For example, a new tool will allow Facebook users to post to their Facebook Stories directly through third-party apps.