Facebook extended its fundraisers tool to India, and the social network is working with state governments in that country to provide more authoritative information about the coronavirus pandemic to more people.
The fundraisers feature was previously available in the U.S., Europe and several other markets, but not in India, where Facebook has a significant user base.
Facebook had not responded to a request for comment at the time of this post.
Facebook India head Ajit Mohan told Manish Singh of TechCrunch, “At a time when the country is in the middle of an unprecedented effort to fight the outbreak of the virus, we are deeply aware of the economic impact of the disruption in normal life. Communities around the country need help. Facebook fundraisers allows people to leverage the full scale and power of the platform, and their passion, to direct resources to initiatives that can protect and save lives.”
Singh reported that the social network is working with 11 state governments in India for its WhatsApp helpline and with nine on its similar initiative for Messenger From Facebook, and those helplines are available in languages including Hindi, Marathi, Odia and Telugu.
Mohan told Singh, “Each of these health alert lines provide the government and health authorities a powerful mechanism to dispel rumors and misinformation that may be circulating about the coronavirus.”