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I must admit that when I first read about this, I instantly thought that this was some sort of gag from The Onion or something.
However, after reading more about it, I was swayed to believe that this is real.
With all of the privacy issues that has plagued the social media giant over the years, one would wonder if this is indeed doable. How does it work? Will doctors be involved, or not?
Here’s what we do know, to become an official organ donor, you must sign up with the appropriate state registry. Many people do this when they get a driver’s license, but for those who have not done so, Facebook is providing a link to those registries next to the Organ Donor menu on a user’s profile.
“A Facebook user has not officially become an organ donor unless they have registered via their state’s donor registry page,” Facebook said in a statement.
So, how do you sign up, exactly? If you look on your FB timeline (if you don’t have one of these yet, come out of the 2000’s and get with the times, man!) you’ll find a “Live Event” option under the status bar. Once you click that, there will be a “Health and Wellness” option that will lead you to the “Organ Donor” tab. Select it and you’ll see a pop-up menu that will allow you to voluntarily select your state. Once done, hit save.
Zuckerberg, along with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, said that the social networking site has in the past been a useful tool to connect people worldwide during disasters like, the Japan earthquake and Haiti. The organ donation option, they said, is part of using Facebook to “build tools that help people transform the way we all solve worldwide social problems.”
This is why Facebook will be around for a long time. They continue to find ways to be useful in ways that are not just limited to “pokes”, “photo uploads”, and narcissistic status messages.
Written by Rashid Umar