Facebook adds “Donate” button to combat Ebola

| 7th Nov 14

Facebook users will be able to donate to three West Africa charities, dedicated to fighting Ebola, when it adds a “Donate” button to its homepage this week.

Facebook will also deploy 100 satellite Internet hotspots to the West African nations affected by the outbreak, to allow for better phone and Internet communication.

“These units will provide connectivity in places where there is no coverage,” Chris Weasler, Facebook’s head of spectrum policy and connectivity planning, told the Associated Press.

“In other cases, [they will be] adding more capacity to networks increasingly strained from the influx of responders,” he added.

The Internet terminals will allow quarantined individuals make contact with their families and Ebola health workers to contact home.

Facebook’s Ebola “Donate” button will also allow users to contribute money to the International Medical Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children. The Red Cross has so far raised nearly $3.7 million to fight Ebola globally.

Facebook stressed that its charity efforts did not have any business motive, its only intention being to help stop the spread of Ebola. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have personally donated $25 million to the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention over the last few weeks.

As of Nov. 2, Ebola had killed more than 4,800 people in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the CDC.