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Facebook announced ‘Safety check’ to connect with family during natural disasters

Facebook announced 'Safety check' to connect with family during natural disasters

The Facebook new feature “Safety Check” give it users the chance to connect with family & loved ones if natural disasters occur.

Social Media Giant Facebook announced the new service “Safety Check” in its blog post on Wednesday which lets the users to connect to their family and loved ones during or after natural disasters occurs. Safety Check is available for all users worldwide. This latest service will be compatible with all platforms & devices.

Safety Check : How it works ?

The “Safety Check” will soon be available worldwide to more then 1.32 billion users. The tool is developed to be activated automatically when disaster occurs. If you are in the affected area, you’ll receive a notification asking if you are safe. Your area location is determined by listed cities on your Facebook profile, your last check-in, and the area where you are using the Internet. Then you can check in “I’m Safe” and both notification and News Feed will generate in an update. In case if you can’t access the Web then your friends can also mark you as safe on your behalf.

Facebook wrote in a blog post that,“In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates,” “It is in these moments that communication is most critical both for people in the affected areas and for their friends and families anxious for news.”

According to company, The Safety Check tool was developed in shake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami took place in Japan. The Disaster Message Board service in the country helped connect survivors with their family as communication lines failed.  From this incident the lessons learned, resulted in the new tool ” Safety Check”.

“Our engineers in Japan took the first step toward creating a product to improve the experience of reconnecting after a disaster,” the company writes. “They built the Disaster Message Board to make it easier to communicate with others. They launched a test of the tool a year later and the response was overwhelming.”

Demo video of Safety Check :

“If you are ever in a situation that would require you to use the Facebook’s new feature Safety Check, we hope this tools will help you stay connected with your loved ones, and let you know that your loved ones are also safe.”

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