Keeping People Safe and Informed about the Coronavirus
As global and national health authorities work to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. At Meta, we worked to connect people with authoritative information from regional and local health organisations in Australia and limit the spread of misinformation and harmful content about the virus. We also shared aggregated and anonymised mobility data and high resolution population density maps with researchers to assist them in developing their understanding about the spread of the disease.
Supporting Public Interest Journalism
In partnership with the Walkley Foundation, in 2022 Meta is supporting 54 news publishers and independent journalists through the Facebook Australia News Fund, a AUD$15 millon commitment over three years. The successful recipients represent local and regional newsrooms, independent journalists from across Australia, and serve diverse communities such as First Nation peoples, LGBTQI+, regional, young adults and women. The funds will help support investment in public-interest journalism, such as rural affairs, local civic journalism, women’s issues and will also help create regional and digital newsroom innovation and economic sustainability.
Connecting Communities During the Australian 2019/2020 Bushfire Season
As policy makers, emergency responders and communities reflect on the 2019/2020 bushfire season and how we can be better prepared and adapt for the future, we have developed this report to share insights about how Meta's apps and products were used during this natural event.
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Tools for Non-Profits to Connect with a Global Audience
To make it easier to reach a global community and raise money on Facebook, we’ve built free tools to help Australian non-profits collect donations and enable supporters to fundraise on their behalf. Non-profits using Facebook’s payment platform to process donations pay no fee — 100% of the donations go to the charity. In 2020, over $75M was raised for Australian non-profits through Facebook.
Blood Donations Tool
In June 2021, we partnered with Lifeblood to launch a tool across Australia that will help to top up the nation’s blood supply with much-needed new donations. Australians on Facebook can sign up to receive notifications to donate blood, increasing blood donations around the world and helping to maintain blood supplies.We are promoting the feature by notifying people in their newsfeeds, or people can simply find it by searching “blood donations” on Facebook.
Local Alerts for Emergency Services
Local Alerts are designed to help authorities communicate urgent, need-to-know information to their communities in instances where action is taken to protect lives - for events such as bushfires, flooding or emergency situations. We’ve expanding Local Alerts to eligible state fire and emergency services in Australia.