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Facebook to Let Businesses and Organizations Post In Community Help

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Feb 15, 2018, 10:39 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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. For example, companies might offer help such as supplies, transportation, or volunteer services. "Our priority is to build tools that help keep people safe and provide them with ways to get the help they need to recover and rebuild after a crisis," said Facebook. "We hope this update makes it even easier for people to get the help they need in times of crisis and will give businesses and organizations an opportunity to build stronger communities around them." A handful of companies are being given early access to Community Help, including Direct Relief, Lyft, Chase, Feeding America, International Medical Corps, The California Department of Forestry and Fire, and Save the Children. Facebook says more organizations will be able to post in the coming weeks. Facebook first launched Community Help last year and says more than 750,000 people have used the service during more than 500 crisis events, such as Hurricane Harvey and the terrorist attack in Barcelona.




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