This change in policy is due to heavy criticism Facebook faced after making Safety Check available for Paris-area, while ignoring Beirut and other terror-affected areas.
Facebook activated its Safety Check feature for the people in Paris following the terrorist attack past Friday. Over 4 million users used this feature to let their families and friends know they were alright. Now Facebook has announced that it will make use of Safety Check in more human disaster scenarios.
Facebook revealed this policy after it received hefty criticism from the people around the world who angrily inquired why this feature was only made available for the people of Paris and not during the bombings in Beirut and other places.
After listening to the criticism, Mark Zuckerberg himself stated that Facebook’s Safety Check will be more active from now on and will be used during both human and natural disasters.
“Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places.
Until yesterday, our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters. We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well.”
Friday’s attack in Paris was the first time ever for Facebook’s Safety Check feature to be deployed in a situation other than a natural disaster. The feature was introduced last year and since then, it has been used during Hurricane Patricia, and during earthquakes in Nepal, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.