Facebook Helps Spur Donations to Haiti


Only three days after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that destroyed much of Haiti and killed untold thousands of people, more than $8 million dollars has been raised by the Red Cross via text messages for charity through being popularized on social network sites like Facebook.

Although it’s unclear exactly how much money was raised directly by Facebook users, the viral text messaging campaign they helped create was very real. The Red Cross reported Friday that as a result of the mass social network campaign it received $35 million in donations in the first 48 hours after the earthquake — more than half through online contributions and at least $8 million by text.

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