Facebook Debuts New Feature on Organ Donation
Facebook now makes it easier for millions of Americans to sign up as organ donors, as it launches a new feature that makes organ donation registration fast and simple.
This move was reportedly spearheaded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself, who believes that his social networking site can potentially accelerate the number of willing organ donors across the country. With roughly 526 million Facebook users daily, Zuckerberg wasn’t mistaken. The CEO made his announcement on Tuesday, and before the day was over approximately 6,000 individuals had signed up in as many as 22 registries. This report came from Donate Life America, a transplant advocacy organization partnering with Facebook in this organ donation drive.
In an interview with Associated Press, Donate Life America President & CEO David Fleming reports that more than 114,000 individuals in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant and that 7,000 of this number die each year due to the delayed availability of live-saving organs. Donate Life America reveals, moreover, that while survey shows 95% of Americans support organ donation, only 60% are registered donors. Zuckerberg and the more than 900 million Facebook members now attempt to bridge the gap, one registration at a time.
Several organ donor registries in two states reports that registrations within a single day skyrocketed to as high as the regular number within a month after Facebook launched their new feature on Tuesday. Approximately 100,000 Facebook members have confirmed on their respective profiles that they are organ donors, and 10% of this number or roughly 10,000, have already enrolled in their respective state registries. In California alone 3,900 individuals registered as organ donors via Facebook just one day after Zuckerberg made his announcement. Daily registrations round up to a total of 70 new organ donors since Tuesday.
Currently the feature is available to Facebook users located in the United States and the United Kingdom.