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Facebook will soon let users share first-hand accounts of crises

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Facebook will make it easier for the more than 1 billion users that use its social network to share first-hand accounts of crises, the company announced today at its annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, California.

The feature, which Facebook plans to launch later this year, will allow users to share timely information like road closures, as well as photos and videos that document the damage caused by natural disasters and the like.

The upcoming functionality is an extension of Facebook’s Crisis Response functionality, which the social network first announced last year. The Crisis Response feature allows users to find information on recent crises, as well as access information on safety checks, community help and fundraisers.

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