Facebook to reveal tool that could "save lives" tomorrow

Tomorrow, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg will take to ABC's Good Morning America and World News with Diane Sawyer to reveal a new tool on the social networking site which "has the power to save lives," according to a press release from ABC. Yes, you read that right: the tool is being touted as something that could literally save lives.

According to the ABC press release, Zuckerberg and Sandberg will be conducting separate interviews tomorrow with Robin Roberts and Diane Sawyer, respectively. Zuckerberg's interview will appear on ABC's Good Morning America, which airs from 7 to 9 a.m. ET, where Zuckerberg will reveal the new tool. Sandberg will then conduct a follow-up interview on World News with Diane Sawyer, which will air at 6:30 p.m. ET. Sangberg's interview will discuss "the personal stories that led to this new initiative and its goals," according to the press release. Oddly, Facebook has not released a statement regarding the interviews on the company's Newsroom page, which provides information and press releases for the social network's latest announcements.

Parts of the interviews will also appear on other ABC outlets, including the network's Nightline news program, ABCNews.com and ABC News Radio. Facebook's last major announcement regarding a new site feature was the addition of the Timeline feature for user accounts. The company is planning an initial public offering which will likely take place in mid-June.

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really strange comments here...anyway, I shall mine until facebook actually shows us what this tool actually is. Hey, it might actually be useful.

"Facebook is introducing a new app called PROBE. You shove a specially designed piece of hardware up your ass. Once connected with Facebook a prostate exam will commence. Thus saving lives"

rippleman said,
useless for you but millions upon millions find it very useful.

I find it useful yes, but way too much "we want to allow the world to see everything you do, where you are at this present moment and what you're doing".

of course. facebook has to invest in its assets. If the users of facebook die, then facebook itself dies. If they live longer and tell more facebook followers - facebook carries forward!

srbeen said,
of course. facebook has to invest in its assets. If the users of facebook die, then facebook itself dies. If they live longer and tell more facebook followers - facebook carries forward!

only a troll could make such a comment, have a little respect.

xSuRgEx said,

only a troll could make such a comment, have a little respect.

I'm a reasonable, moral and respectful person. Im also a realist who don't sugar-coat anything.

If Facebook introduces a *useful feature, and not something that backs their bottom line, i'll eat crow. From the headline it don't seem like much more than the opposite of a 'like' button, or a report button, if you will, due to the recent public outcry that people were ACTUALLY committing suicide and posting the details on facebook.....
Meanwhile: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...-hes-committed-suicide.html

http://halifax.openfile.ca/blo...ortured-teen-love-his-death

Edited by srbeen, May 1 2012, 1:18am :

srbeen said,

I'm a reasonable, moral and respectful person. Im also a realist who don't sugar-coat anything.


You also cannot spell or structure English properly in a sentence

Mr Spoon said,

You also cannot spell or structure English properly in a sentence

You have no idea what I can or cannot do, or if english is even my native tongue... Didn't know everything had to be structured correctly with correct spelling to get my point across. Considering the continual demise of correct english structure especially on places like facebook I'm just 'with the cool kids'

Isn't that tool called, hum, don't know, the phone!? Am I the only person in this planet that is actually concerned about how people are using social networks as their main means of communication instead of something much simpler and naturally designed to direct communication!? Jeez people, some girl months ago committed suicide live on Facebook and the idiots of her friends, instead of calling the cops, just stood there watching thinking "uh, what can I do"...

Probably since the issues with a few people that have committed suicide and described the suicides on their facebook pages before they took their lives...my guess is...it's a tool that would be like a 9-1-1 call to facebook to alert them to locate the person trying to commit the suicide by ip address.

texasghost said,
Probably since the issues with a few people that have committed suicide and described the suicides on their facebook pages before they took their lives...my guess is...it's a tool that would be like a 9-1-1 call to facebook to alert them to locate the person trying to commit the suicide by ip address.

The false positive rate would be huge.

rfirth said,

The false positive rate would be huge.

^^^ this. Every whiny teenager would get a visit from the Facebook police at some point in time.

I think a pretty neat tool would be a way to set up an emergency contact and then say you were going hiking or something you could enter the time you left, where you were going and when you expected to be back. Then when you return you log into facebook and it pops up asking if you are home safe and you confirm it, if anything should happen to you (have a fall, etc) after a certain amount of time after your expected time home you haven't confirmed your safety it alerts a friend who could then pass it onto the authorities, it could also tie in with the mobile app and using GPS show the last place you were so they had a good idea where to look for you.

AFAIK, this is the tool that helps connect people after a natural disaster, to help families know they're safe and stuff.

plasmarox said,
AFAIK, this is the tool that helps connect people after a natural disaster, to help families know they're safe and stuff.

Can confirm this...

plasmarox said,
AFAIK, this is the tool that helps connect people after a natural disaster, to help families know they're safe and stuff.

They haven't revealed the nature of the tool yet. There's been a lot of speculation, because Facebook's supported a lot of wide-ranging initiatives. I've read speculation that the tool could be related to any of the following: suicide prevention, anti-bullying (including cyberbullying), emergency contact assistance, international aid support, etc.

plasmarox said,
AFAIK, this is the tool that helps connect people after a natural
disaster, to help families know they're safe and stuff.

Has the power to save lives not has the power to tell people you're alive.

MikeHellstone said,

Do the two have to be mutually separate?

Telling someone you're alive isn't saving a life as you were never dead or nearly dead.
The way Facebook have worded it makes it sound like they can stop someone nearly dying. Why don't they use their trillions of dollars to do something profound in Africa rather than have video games in their "office"?

n_K said,
"has the power to save lives"
Shutting down facebook forever? Nice!

Dear God if that was true I'd be happy.. I'm still happy that Myspace has died off as it has...please let Facebook die!