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Facebook Introduces ‘Safety Check’

October 27, 2015
Facebook Introduces ‘Safety Check’

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Facebook is the platform which keeps one connected during good and bad times. Particularly, when situation is not favorable or some natural calamity strikes; it becomes essential to connect with your loved ones and know about their safety. Unfortunately, communication in crisis becomes not just hard but almost impossible for both parties: the affected and their anxious family members.

Facebook has not left people helpless in dire need at all. In fact, it has created a major tool named ‘Safety Check’ so that you are able to ensure your safety simultaneously keep track of others too.

Safety Check is going to help you in the following way:

  • Let family and close acquaintances know that you are safe
  • Check on others in the affected area
  • Mark your friends as safe


Your safety post will be visible to your friends who would be able to comment and hence,take a sigh of relief.

Tracing back to 2011, the earthquake and tsunami strike Japan was devastating. Technology was used widely to stay in touch with family and friends and for this sake Disaster Message Board was built to ease communication. The public response was overwhelming and received wide appreciation.

In European countries, such natural disasters hit often and now they happen in Asian countries too whereas Facebook is taken by storm every time in the aftermath. Therefore, the team of Facebook set out for a noble task which is as simple tool to use in panic.

Want to know how it works? Take a look.

  • When the tool is activated after a natural disaster and if you’re in the affected area, you’ll receive a Facebook notification asking if you’re safe.
  • Facebook will determine your location by looking at the city you have listed in your profile, your last location if you’ve opted in to the Nearby Friends product, and the city where you are using the internet.

If we get your location wrong, you can mark that you’re outside the affected area.

If you’re safe, you can select “I’m Safe” and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your update. Your friends can also mark you as safe.


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A note to remember is that in times of distress this tool can surely bring you the satisfaction of knowing that your loved ones are safe. Whether rough or calm, Stay connected!


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