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Facebook Turned On Safety Check for Paris , Explains Why
« on: November 17, 2015, 11:38:16 AM »

Safety Check will now be activated on human disasters, not just natural disasters triggered by nature's forces
During the past weekend, after the ISIS Paris attacks, Facebook activated two features. One was the ability to overlay the French flag on top of your avatar as a sign of support for the victims, and the other was aimed at Facebook users living in Paris, who were thus provided with the ability to confirm that they were safe and automatically post a message on their timeline.

While both are quite old and have been used before, one was not initially developed to be deployed for events like the ones that happened this weekend.

That tool is Facebook Safety Check, a feature created after the Japan tsunami and nuclear disaster at Fukushima, and deployed for the first time during the Nepal earthquake.

Paris was the first time Safety Check was turned on for a terrorist attack

"Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and CEO .

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