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Facebook's Safety Check Tool Put to Use

Posted on 11.15.2015

Facebook's Safety Check tool, designed to help users alert others including friends and family about their safety, was used for the first time after the Paris terror attacks. 

The Safety Check tool asks users believed to be in the location of an emergency if they are safe and lets them inform their friends by clicking a button. Many users of the tool did report receiving a benefit from its use, but it seems no good deed goes unpunished. 

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Facebook took some heat that it had not activated the feature on other locations in related scenarios including for the twin attacks in Beirut. Facebook also received criticism over the release of a photo filter that allowed users of the social network to use a photo filter and use the colors of the French flag on their profile pictures. 

In the wake of the controversy over the activation of Safety Check in Paris, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg assured its users that the tool would be turned on more frequently in the future during human disasters. “Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

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