Terror act strikes again this time it is unleashed at Paris, France. Shortly after the terrorist assault was hurled in the grandeur city, one may have observed an odd notification that shows up on social media network giant Facebook that reads: “[Friend’s Name] was marked safe during Paris Terror Attacks.”
The notifications surfaced out from a Safety Check, a feature rolled out by Facebook. If it happens that you are in the area where the serious threat transpired, Safety Check will encourage you to say to your Facebook friends that you are safe.
To determine your location, the feature sees at a number of data points (if you allow Facebook view that data) and the city from where you are linked to the web.
As per report of Naina Bajekal of TIME from Paris, the firm transmits her text message requesting to confirm her status shortly after the attacks (text messages will become functional whenever Internet access is not around).
Not like the normal Facebook update, utilizing Safety Check will immediately unleash your status to your friends through a notification. That’s a truly a novelty and at the same time very helpful — the reporter obtained at least one such notification on Friday from a friend he is not aware that was also in the area.
If you are with other people, you may mark them as safe as well. That’s useful if they don’t have ways to gain entry into their Facebook account in amid the life-threatening situation.
Facebook’ Safety Check made its debut a year ago, motivated by an employee project built in after a destructive tsunami pummeled Japan in 2011. At the outset, it was originally aimed as an instrument to use during devastating natural calamities such as , hurricanes, earthquakes or it’s been activated a number of times already for those incidents.
This marks the first time that the Safety Check was unfurled at the wake of a terrorist attack.
“We are shocked and saddened by the events unfolding in Paris,” a spokesperson from Facebook states. “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.”