According to many reports, Facebook is testing an application that is developed with the intention to assist convicts who are being discharged from jail to go back into society. The platform named the Re-Entry app seems to be part of Facebook’s attempts to generate more products intended for marginalized societies.
According to a report issued by Bloomberg, promotions for the social media application came at the top of many Instagram feeds yesterday, possibly those were there unintentionally.
Moreover, the announcement guaranteed to support with
“preparing for life after prison with community support.”
Users were requested to tap on the promo for immediate access to the Re-Entry app and submit their feedback.
According to a statement of a Facebook spokeswoman,
“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.”
Several states don’t’ let inmates get access to social media or post details to the platforms. There are a couple of such as Alabama and Iowa, that restrict the capability of third parties like friends, and relatives to post on the inmates’ behalf.
However, as per Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s statement last June, he desired Facebook to begin “creating products to advance racial justice.”
Facebook-owned photo-sharing social media app, Instagram, at the same time, developed an Equity team the previous year with the intention of developing
“new features that respond to the requirements of underserved communities.”
It’s possible that an application for ex-inmates would cause some disagreement. However, Facebook does regular experiments with innovative approaches that never make it into the ultimate product stage or end up dramatically new from the original concept.