After the terrorist attack in Paris last November 14, Facebook began actuating its “Safety Check” feature. This will enable users to let their family and friends in the social media be notified that they are unharmed.
For five times, the feature has been activated for natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes that occurred in Nepal, Chile, Mexico, Afghanistan and Pakistan. This time, the non-natural disastrous event in France activated the system again with the primary purpose of letting users mark themselves “safe” and check on others as well.
From a resource person in the famous social networking site who told VentureBeat,
“We are shocked and saddened by the events unfolding in Paris. Communication is critical in these moments both for people there and for their friends and families anxious for news. People turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates, which is why we created Safety Check and why we have activated it today for people in Paris.”
As Facebook activated the feature for such event, it was criticized however for not doing the same for alike incidents. Alex Schultz, VP of growth wrote that the activation was done due to a lot of activity on the social media and that the platform itself can do something about this by identifying the condition of the users’ and their loved ones. Facebook further explained that the feature’s policy will be changed for availability sake – this means whenever and wherever. Whatever comes out will be assessed until it will be capable of supporting the users’ needs in times disasters and other threatening events such as that in Paris happen.
The safety check tool looks like the image below:
If ever you are in Paris or know anyone in there, using the tool is definitely a great help.