In an attempt to expand its charity causes, Facebook has launched a new personal fundraiser tool. The new Facebook fundraising tool will help users raise money for personal causes and other campaigns like education, medical expenses, emergency situations, etc.
The new personal fundraising feature will be rolled out in the US in the upcoming weeks to users who’re 18 or older.
This is not the first time Facebook has promoted fundraising campaigns. The social media giant started its fundraisers features in 2015 with 37 charities, including World Wildlife Fund and Mercy Corps. It has helped NGOs raise a lot of money as funds. However, earlier the company permitted users to raise money for non-profit organizations only, and not for themselves. But now, with the help of the new Facebook fundraising tool – users be able to raise money for themselves, friends, and even for people who’re not on Facebook.
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The personal fundraisers campaign will start with six categories: education, medical, pet, personal emergencies, funeral and loss, and crisis relief. The campaign will be reviewed for 24 hours before it’s posted on Facebook. Once the review is successful, the campaign will be posted and the contribution will begin. The company has promised to expand the category list as soon as it automates the review process.
However, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered about the new Facebook fundraising feature. Whether the social media giant will take a portion of the funds released? Will people who’re not on Facebook be able to support these causes? Whether the collected funds will be immediately released to the person raising the funds or there will be a legal procedure? There is no response from Facebook yet.
Facebook launches fundraisers tool with somewhat a bad news. The social media network has ended support for older versions of Facebook and the Facebook Messenger apps for Android, iOS, and Windows.
The decision will affect Android users running Facebook App version 55 or lower, Facebook Messenger version 10 or lower, the iOS users running the Messenger app version 8 or lower, and the iOS app released on October 10 and earlier.
Facebook has also ceased support for the Messenger and Facebook app for the mobile and desktop version of Windows 8 and 8.1. The company has advised users running these versions to either update the apps to the latest version or continue using the service for the web browser.
Apart from this, the social media giant will not support Android version older than Android 2.3 Gingerbread anymore. Users running these versions are recommended to switch to Messenger Lite or Facebook Lite or use the service via mobile browsers.
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