Facebook is developing online “support communities” which would bring together and connect Facebook users suffering from certain illnesses or ailments.
The site reportedly has a team investigating “preventative care” applications that would help people improve their lifestyles, similar to many current activity tracking services, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The sources, which asked to be kept anonymous due to the ongoing nature of the developments, said that Facebook has been meeting with several medical industry experts and entrepreneurs over the last few months as it looks to get a clearer idea of the services it can provide. The company will also be setting up a research and development unit to test new health apps, the sources said.
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