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Social Media Saves Lives (No, Really!)
By: Jessica Cherok
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Turns out liking and sharing about someone needing life-saving surgery on social media can actually save them.

We've all seen the posts on Facebook. Some poor soul needs a million likes for doctors to perform surgery to save them. The reality is that these posts were largely fake.

Fast-forward a couple of years, and it's an entirely different story.

Take the case of Emmanuel Jadudi. The 22-year-old Kenyan man has a brain tumor, and was unable to afford the fourth operation to save his life. With the help of a popular Kenyan blogger, Jadudi's plight spread across Twitter with the hashtag #1MilliForJadudi. In just 48 hours, over $60,000 was raised to fly him to India for the surgery. The amount is more than six times what was needed.

In response to the support, Jadudi tweeted, "I am beyond grateful I'm overwhelmed with joy."

From disaster relief to crowdfunding to viral campaigns like Jadudi's, social media has become an incredible platform for people to find financial support in dire situations. Social media has even helped save lives in emergencies. Over the years, people have posted about accidents, being lost, and being suicidal. As a result, emergency responders have jumped into action.

Hopefully we won't ever need social media in this way, but it's nice to know it would be there for you in a pinch.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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