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Facebook Enables Safety Check following the Disastrous Hurricane ‘Matthew’

By Alex Neil Posted Oct 10, 2016 in Facebook News/ Social Media News


Hurricane Matthew continues to thrive and wreak havoc on the Atlantic coast and Facebook is providing a way for people to alert their friends and loved ones about their safety status. Facebook’s safety check feature was enabled last week when the death toll caused by this hurricane began to escalate rapidly.

Facebook said, “Our hearts go out to the people affected by this tragic event. We hope the people in the area find the tool a helpful way to let their friends and family know they are okay.”

Facebook users just have to click that they are safe when prompted by Facebook. They can also check their friends’ safety status to see if they were affected by this disaster and mark their friends safe if they know this for certain.

But the things about Facebook’s safety check is that no one really knows when it will be turned on. In the case of Hurricane Matthew, the check was only enabled when it reached the U.S. and not when it was in parts of Haiti. This kind of behavior brings a lot of controversies surrounding Facebook’s prioritized geographical locations. In the past, when there was terrorist attack in Paris, Facebook enabled the feature but on the day before that when there was lot worse event had occurred in another country, the safety check was nowhere to be seen.

Let’s all pray that Hurricane Matthew is over soon so that all this wreckage and destruction would come to an end.


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