Facebook’s Safety Check feature was first launched in October 2014, and was inspired by people’s use of the world’s largest social network to connect with loved ones right after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan in 2011. The feature was first activated and deployed during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, and has since been used during various natural and man-made disasters, as well as during terror attacks the world over.
Safety Check, which is also called Crisis Response by Facebook, allows users to post an update and notify friends and family that they are safe during major happenings. This allows family and friends to know that a loved one has confirmed that they’re doing fine through Facebook itself.
The feature has since been deployed numerous times, covering all kinds of incidents where the safety of citizens is at risk. Safety Check has been deployed in India on multiple occasions, including cyclone and flood disasters in Chennai and Mumbai, as well as during terror attacks. All of this time, the Safety Check feature has only been available on the desktop version of Facebook and the primary app. However, Facebook is now rolling out Safety Check to the Facebook Lite app through an update.
Facebook Lite app
The Facebook Lite app is the company’s basic version, offering most Facebook features in an app that is specially designed and developed for use on slow internet connections with limited bandwidth. The Facebook Lite app for Android is currently just 1.7MB in size, and works even on 2G data connections. It’s particularly useful for users in areas with limited and slow internet connectivity, and the small app size means it’s easy to download and install on your phone as well. It’s particularly popular in India, considering that most smartphone users use budget devices with low device storage.
With the latest update, Facebook Lite will now have the Safety Check feature enabled, allowing users of the Facebook Lite app to check in and report that they are safe through a special status update. This will no doubt boost the use of the feature, as a large chunk of budget smartphone users who use the app now have the ability to post Safety Check updates. It’s a particularly useful move when you consider that in the wake of crises, mobile network and connectivity are usually adversely affected. With Facebook Lite, people in areas with poor connectivity will also be able to report their safety to family and friends.