FACEBOOK ACTIVATES SAFETY CHECK
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Facebook activated its Safety Check feature, which hitherto it had been using during natural disasters. Users must activate the function, which sends a notification to anyone in the area of an earthquake, tsunami, bombing, or other natural or human disaster. Then they choose from two options - ”I'm safe” or “I'm not in the area”- for friends and family to see. Those with friends living in an affected area will also receive a notification when they have marked themselves as safe.
Soon the social networking giant found itself defending its decision not to activate it a day earlier for the Beirut bombings. “Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places,” Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg responded in a Facebook post. “Until [Friday], our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters,” Zuckerberg added. “We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well.”