Facebook ‘Safety Check’ to be used more widely
San Francisco (AFP) – A Facebook tool that let people check whether friends were safe after deadly attacks in Paris will be used more widely in the future, the social network said.
The announcement came amid criticism that the “Safety Check” feature was not activated for other bombings, such as Thursday’s blasts in Beirut that rank among the deadliest to hit Lebanon in decades.
“Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places,” Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post over the weekend.
“You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world,” he added.
“We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can.”
Going forward, Facebook now plans to “activate Safety Check for more human disasters,” according to Zuckerberg.