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Facebook links aid organisations with those who need it

Facebook want to help aid organisations reach the people who need it the most in times of crisis.

The social media organisation had launched the Safety Check and Community Help facility, which has run successfully for a number of months, but they are now adding an extra API on it, which allows response organisations such as the Red Cross know who needs what and where.

They wrote in a post on the social media site: "Earlier this year we announced Community Help, a crisis response tool where people can ask for and give the help they need to recover following a crisis. We are now introducing a Community Help API, which will give disaster response organisations access to data from public Community Help posts that can offer important information about the needs of people affected by a particular crisis. We are piloting the Community Help API with NetHope and the American Red Cross. Our hope is that this data will help organisations coordinate information and response resources as fast as possible. We plan to announce more partnerships soon."

Facebook's Community Help helps people "find and give help such as food, shelter and transportation" in times of crisis.

Writing about it on their website previously, they shared: "Community Help lets people find and give help such as food, shelter and transportation after a crisis. Our belief is that the community can teach us new ways to use the platform. We saw people using Facebook to tell friends and family they were OK after crises, so in 2014 we launched Safety Check to make that behaviour even easier.

"Since then, Safety Check has been activated hundreds of times, but we know we can do more to empower the community to help one another. With Community Help people can find and give help, and message others directly to connect after a crisis. Posts can be viewed by category and location, making it easier for people to find the help they need."

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