Bloomberg reports that social media giant, Facebook is testing a new app for prisoners to help them transition back to society after release. Recently, new software ‘The RE-Entry App’ was promoted on Instagram feed to help released prisoners gain community support. The new service will be the company’s part to offer products for unrepresented communities and groups.
If the alleged feature or service is launched, it might be the first of its kind to offer support to a group of people who usually find it difficult to make a place in society because of social taboos and apprehensions.
Facebook wants to help prisoners returning to society with its new ‘Re-Entry App’
The new software spotted on Instagram was described as “preparing for life after prison with community support” in the notification and users were asked to click to try the app and give feedback. As per the report, a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement,
“We’ve been exploring different ways to help close gaps faced by those in marginalized communities across our apps. This was only intended to be an internal test and we took down the notice as soon as we learned it briefly ran externally.” Facebook often experiments with service and app ideas that never materialize or morph into something else.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said last June that he wanted Facebook to start “building products to advance racial justice” and Instagram has an equity team that builds “new features that respond to the needs of underserved communities.”
At the moment other details of the alleged app are not available. Recently, the social media company introduced support for physical security keys on its platform as an additional security measure, especially useful for public figures and celebrities. It also took action against a group of hackers spreading malware on iOS and Android via its platform. The malware was designed to spy on the Uyghur community in China through its privileged access.