Facebook Users Can Now Share Organ Donor Status

Source: Brett Molina / USA Today

Social network Facebook is allowing its 900 million users to share their organ donor status in an effort to spread awareness.

The update will appear on an user’s Timeline and in the About section of their profile. Users can also control whom can view their organ donor status.

“Medical experts believe that broader awareness about organ donation could go a long way toward solving this crisis,” reads a statement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. “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.”

Facebook says the initiative was inspired by recent disasters such as last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the social network’s role in keeping people connected.

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