Facebook launches Ebola donation button, sends communication terminals to affected countries

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Facebook is stepping up its efforts to fight Ebola by adding a button designed to make it easier for its users to donate to charities battling the disease.

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The social media company is also deploying 100 satellite communication terminals to boost Internet and phone services to affected areas in West Africa.

The programs come on the heels of a $25 million donation last month by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention toward the Ebola response. Facebook Inc. says that, over the coming week, its users will see an option to donate to three nonprofits fighting Ebola.

The company is also sending WiFi terminals to provide Internet and voice-calling access to remote areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.