Monday, 16 November 2015

Mark Zuckerberg Explains Why Facebook’s Paris Safety Check Tool Was Activated


In the aftermath of the horrific Paris terrorist attacks, which left over 129 people dead, Facebook activated its Safety Check feature for those in the city. The safety check feature allows a person mark themselves as safe during a natural disaster.

While Facebook’s decision received positive response from most users, others also raised questions as to why the social media giant did not activate the tool when 40 people died during a recent bomb attack in Beirut.

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the criticism and said that Facebook will change its policy on activating the Safety Check tool during human disasters.

In a post on Facebook, Zuckerberg wrote,”Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places.”  He added that till the Paris attacks, Safety Check was only for natural disasters.

“We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well,” he wrote.

Zuckerberg thanked those who raised concerns over the Beirut bombings and notes in his post, “You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world. We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can.”

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