Facebook may not be known for respecting your privacy, but sometimes it does things that warm your heart. The company is introducing “Drives” that allow users to collect food, clothing and other supplies for those in need. Additionally, Facebook itself will have its own drives to jump-start the effort.
The feature works in tandem with the Community Help hub, first launched in 201
To start a Drive, simply type ‘Community Help’ in the Facebook search bar and click ‘Ask or offer help’. From there, you’ll see a ‘Make Drive’ button, which will take you to a form that you need to fill out, including setting a goal.
When others see your message, they can see what it takes and how close you are to the goal. Your Drive will automatically appear in your news feed and timeline, as well as in the Community Help hub.
Facebook says the feature is still being rolled out and will be more widely available in the coming “weeks”. The timing could be better as the holidays approach and people are struggling due to the ongoing pandemic. More time to collect the items people need would have been better. But better late than never, we suppose.
Of course, this new feature will be checked, like anything else posted on Facebook, to make sure everything fits within community standards and community help product policies. It says that offensive messages will be immediately deleted.
Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, will be adding a new fundraising feature soon. It’s worth noting that you can already share stickers on Stories and Instagram Live. And soon you will be able to do the same on your main feed. However, Facebook has not mentioned when this feature will be launched.
Either way, it’s great to use the company’s reach to help the community however you look at it. Especially now, in a world where many people stay at home, possibly without a job.