Facebook Donates Their Portal Video Chat Device To Over 7,400 Veterans Fighting Isolation
Facebook recently announced that it has donated over 7,400 Portal video chat devices to veterans in a bid to help them feel less lonely and isolated as social distancing is in full swing to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Facebook partnered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Red Cross for this initiative. It is an excellent opportunity for Facebook to display its improved video chat devices after the privacy scandals. Before this, Facebook donated 2,050 Portal devices to the UK’s National Health Service for those in care homes and hospitals to keep in touch with their loved ones.
Facebook has different versions of the Portal including one that sits atop your TV. The device has a smart camera so users can stay within the frame even if they move around a room, and it works with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
To receive a free Portal, veterans will need to be a part of the VA’s Office of Geriatric Services and Extended Care program or Caregiver Support program. Those who are identified at risk for suicide will also be able to receive a free Portal. One can request the device by filling out a form on the American Red Cross Military Veterans Caregiver Network’s website. They are the ones in charge of the distribution.
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