Mark Zukerberg Launches Organ Donor Feature on Facebook; Inspired by Steve Jobs

Facebook‘s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new feature for the social networking site, which he claims that it will help save lives of thousands of people all over the world. The new feature – Organ Donor, will enable users to register as an organ donor through the website and share their intentions with family and friends.

According to a press release published by Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the new feature provides an ability to add your organ donor status on your Timeline, which may inspire others to sign up as donors as well. It is also said that there are over 14,000 people in the US are waiting for a heart, kidney or liver transplant, and millions of people worldwide are waiting for a similar organ donation. A huge percentage of people die, since the required organ is not available. Zuckerberg and Sandberg write:

Medical experts believe that broader awareness about organ donation could go a long way toward solving this crisis. And we believe that by simply telling people that you’re an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role.

Zuckerberg stated that the idea was first inspired from his girlfriend Priscilla Chan, but the motivation to start the project came from his friendship with the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011.

The organ donor feature lets users Facebook users share their experience and own personal stories with their friends on their Timeline. They can share the reasons why they opted to become an organ donor and how they did it. If any user on Facebook is interested in donating his/her organ to save a life, then Facebook has a provided a way to sign up for their state or national organ donor registry.

Follow the steps below to add that you’re an organ donor to your Timeline –

  • Click Life Event at the top of your timeline
  • Select Health & Wellness
  • Select Organ Donor
  • Select your audience and click Save

The new organ donor status feature is now available in the United States and the United Kingdom, and will eventually be rolled out to other countries in the future. Apart from this, Facebook also has other life-saving features like, sets of suicide prevention and anti-cyber bullying tools.

Here’s how the feature works –

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