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Facebook is testing a new app for prisoners transitioning back into society

22 April 21

Facebook wants to help people from prison transition back into society. To do so, they are creating an app called Re-Entry. 

Bloomberg reported that the app was spotted by some Instagram users at the top of their feed. They had accidentally received notifications that read “preparing for life after prison with community support.” Users were asked to click on the app to get early access and try it out as well as give feedback.

Normally, prisoners are not allowed to use any kind of social media while in jail. The only form of online communication they are allowed is emails.

“We’ve been exploring different ways to help close gaps faced by those in marginalized communities across our apps,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. “This was only intended to be an internal test and we took down the notice as soon as we learned it briefly ran externally.” Facebook often experiments with service and app ideas that never materialize or morph into something else.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said last June that he wanted Facebook to start “building products to advance racial justice” and Instagram has an equity team that builds “new features that respond to the needs of underserved communities.”

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