Social network giant Facebook have today announced a new feature that they claim will help 'save lives'. The companies creator, Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook users will be able to display their status as an organ donor on their Timeline.
The organ donor status, also has links so users who have not registered as willing to donate their organs can do so directly from Facebook.
Zuckerberg praises the use of Facebook to do good, including in the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami, and the Joplin tornado, and explains that this latest development is part of the network's use to solve social problems:
Today, more than 114,000 people in the United States, and millions more around the globe, are waiting for the heart, kidney or liver transplant that will save their lives. Many of those people – an average of 18 people per day – will die waiting, because there simply aren't enough organ donors to meet the need. 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.
Starting today, you can add that you're an organ donor to your timeline, and share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor. If you're not already registered with your state or national registry and want to be, you'll find a link to the official donor registry there as well."
While raising the awareness of organ donation is certainly a good thing, the praise of Facebook as an altruistic world problem solver is a little unbelievable.