Facebook To Help Organ Donors Find Recipients
Over 114,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant in the US and an average of 18 people die a day waiting for transplant. Mark Zuckerberg announced a change today that hopes to give more people the transplants they need.
The life events section on the Facebook timeline chronicles important moments in a user’s life- the day they got married, started a new job, or bought a new house.
And today, Facebook announced a new section that will chronicle another momentous life event- when, where, and why a user became an organ donor.
Mark Zuckerberg explains why Facebook decided to add the organ donor status feature to users’ timelines:
People are using the same social tools that they’re using just to keep in touch with people on a day-to-day basis to solve these important social issues. So, we figured, okay, well, could we do anything that would help people solve other types of issues, like all of the people who need organ donations in the world? And we came up with this pretty simple thing which we’re hopeful can help out just in the same way that people have done all these other things.