The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon has urged the world to help Haiti following the nationwide damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, calling for a “massive response”.
Hundreds have died; at least 1.4 million people need assistance at this time. Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map; crops and food reserves have been destroyed; at least 300 schools have been damaged.
Up to 90 per cent of the south of Haiti has been destroyed and over 1,000 killed by Hurricane Matthew, said to be the most powerful Caribbean storm for decades.
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CNN was criticised for its coverage of the disaster; despite the fatalities, Haiti was hardly mentioned in the network’s coverage. Florida, which at the time suffered strong winds as the hurricane passed over it, had zero fatalities, but the network was broadcasting live footage of the storm from there.
Taking to Twitter, people sent messages of love and support to the country:
However others noticed that there was no Facebook filter for Haiti:
Illustrator Miguelito Villalba Sanchez noticed that there wasn't a Facebook campaign to support Haiti, and created a cartoon:
Following the Paris terror attacks last year, Facebook gave its users the opportunity to temporarily change their profile pictures with a flag of France filter, and hundreds of thousands of people showed solidarity with the victims by tweeting #IamCharlie.
There was also a safety check feature available, to ensure the safety of family and friends in the area.
Similarly, Facebook offered the same services following the Orlando shooting in Pulse nightclub earlier this year, which killed 49.
However, as people have pointed out, despite the colossal fatalities as well as the homes destroyed and the families who have been separated as a result of the disaster, no such service exists for Haitians.
This isn't the first time Facebook failed to provide support for a global disaster...
Since 2009 Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram have caused the deaths of some 20,000 people, and in 2014 more than 200 school girls were kidnapped from the town of Chibok. While a few girls managed to escape, the majority remain missing.
There was no Nigerian flag filter available on Facebook either.