Facebook now to help Bangladesh create environmental awareness

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

After launching a blood donation feature in Bangladesh on Tuesday, Facebook is now ready to support Bangladesh government to carry out awareness campaign on various social and environmental issues using its popular and big platform, reports UNB.

In an interview with UNB, Ritesh Mehta, the head of programmes of Facebook South Asia, said they will continue to engage with Bangladesh government and civil society members so that people can be benefited from their giant social networking site.

“We’ll be happy to have awareness campaign using our platform in the right possible way. We’ve a platform and the government or anyone can use it for the welfare of society,” he said.

Replying to a question whether Facebook will come up with a positive response if the government wants to carry out a campaign to create awareness among people about environment or the bad effect of the use of polythene shopping bags, Ritesh said, “We’ll surely support it.”

Ritesh also said they strongly believe that technology has the potential to solve big social problems.

“We want to make sure that our platform is used for the welfare of people and society. We also want people to use it for solving their problems.”

Bangladesh is the second country after India where Facebook launched the tool to make it easy for people to find blood and bring the blood donors, blood recipients and organisations together more efficiently.

Facebook users in Bangladesh now can sign up to be blood donors. To sign up, people can edit their profiles to let others know that they’re willing to donate blood or visit facebook.com/donateblood.

This feature is now available on Android, iOS and www.

In the next few weeks, Hema said they will make it further easier for people and organisations, such as blood banks and hospitals, to connect with blood donors on Facebook.

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