With social networking rising to have huge influence and basically immediate access to users’ personal life, Facebook decided to deliver one other important tool. A few months ago, Facebook launched a tool that helped those at risk of suicide get help faster. Now, Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook gives users an organ donation tool.
Facebook’s new tool might seem a bit too much. In the end, accepting and becoming an official organ donor is not the same thing as switching your relationship status from “In a relationship” to “It’s complicated”. However, once you get pass the privacy issue and take in more about the new tool, Facebook’s latest addition to your online life does make sense.
Now, do not imagine all it takes for you to become an actual organ donor is to put that on your Facebook page. You need to have signed with the right state registry before you become an official organ donor. The company’s statement does read this particular detail: “A Facebook user has not officially become an organ donor unless they have registered via their state’s donor registry page”.
Timeline has a “Life Event” section where you can find the “Organ Donor” option, under the “Health & Wellness” menu. Select your state, give your own organ donation story if you have any and then customize the privacy level for Public, Friends and Custom. Save and you’re done.
So, in the end, Facebook’s new organ donation tool is more of a way to raise awareness over the matter. Mark Zuckerberg said that the organ donation tool is part of Facebook’s aim to build “tools that help people transform the way we all solve worldwide social problems”.
Zuckerberg told ABC News: “What we hope will happen is that by just having this simple tool, we think that people can really help spread awareness of organ donation and that they want to participate in this to their friends”.
David Fleming is president and CEO of Donate Life America. He made a call to “every Facebook user to take a moment and update their timeline, register to be a donor, and share their decision with family and friends”.