Facebook to Share Real-Time Map Data with First Responders
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. For example, location density maps can show first responders where people are located before, during, and after a natural disaster. This can provide insight on exactly what areas are impacted. Movement maps reveal patterns of movement between cities, towns, and even neighborhoods over a period of several hours, which Facebook suggests can help aid workers predict where resources might be needed. The safety check maps provide first responders with information about where more or fewer people are checking in as safe, which can reveal the most vulnerable areas impacted by a specific event. Facebook said it will share this information with trusted organizations, including UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the World Food Programme. Facebook hopes to be able to share this information with other organizations and even governments over time. People generally provide this information to Facebook via their mobile phones.
May 24, 2017
Facebook updated several of its offerings today, including how it handles trending news and supports fundraising campaigns. Facebook says it has redesigned its trending news function with the goal of surfacing higher-quality content in the news box.
Jul 25, 2017
Google today announced its Google Maps and Google Search apps will soon show critical information regarding natural and other disasters that may strike. The SOS Alerts, as they are called, will appear at the top of search results and within maps as people look for information concerning the disasters or impacted areas.
Aug 15, 2017
Facebook has brought the trending news section back to mobile devices, starting with the iPhone. Now, trending stories are visible in the main navigation drawer on mobile devices.
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.