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Facebook puts family and friends at ease with Paris safety check

Facebook rolled out its Safety Check for the Paris attacks, marking its first use for a non-natural disaster incident
By: Chris Smith | Social Networking News | Posted: Nov 17, 2015 3:29 pm

With over 4.1 million people announcing their safety in the first 24 hours after the recent terrorist attacks in France, this meant that 360 million people globally were told that their family, friend or loved one was safe from harm.




Described by as created initially for the Tokyo Tsumani and nuclear tragedy in 2011, this implementation of Safety Check marks the first time that it has been used for something other than a natural disaster.


While it has been misused in the past by people not from targeted areas somehow able to mark themselves as safe, this time around the system seemed to work quite well. While this check allowed for some peace of mind, Facebook's Alex Schultz reminded everyone that it isn't always perfect: "During an ongoing crisis, like war or epidemic, Safety Check in its current form is not that useful for people: because there isn't a clear start or end point and, unfortunately, it's impossible to know when someone is truly 'safe.'"


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