Items tagged with Safety Check

On Sunday morning, the United States was ripped apart by the deadliest mass shooting in American history. A gunman killed 50 people and wounded 53 more in an attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Facebook activated its first Safety Check in the United States after this horrible tragedy. The Facebook Safety Check allows users to confirm they are safe in they are near a mass shooting or another dangerous situation. Users can also check on on friends in the area and mark friends as safe. Only friends will see a user’s safety status and the comments that they share. Facebook determines if users are in affected areas by looking at the city users have listed in their profiles, user’s last... Read more...
One of the advantages that Twitter has over other social networks is its ability to offer real-time updates and information during disaster situations. For example, Twitter played an important role in relaying information during Hurricane Sandy a couple of years ago. Facebook isn't really designed in a way to compete with that, though the social network did figure out a way to make it easy to find out if your loved ones are safe during emergency situations. Through Facebook's new Safety Check feature, you can let your family and friends know you're safe, as well as check in on others in the area. "We want to provide a helpful tool that people can use when major disasters strike, so we've created... Read more...