During the Paris Attacks last week, Facebook activated its Safety Check tool a mean for Parisians to tell their family and friends that they were safe. In less than a week, Facebook has reactivated the tool, this time for people who were affected by tragic bombing in Nigeria last night. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
A deadly bomb ripped through a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Yola on Tuesday night. Armed group Boko Haram is believed to be behind the attack that saw more than 32 people killed and about 80 hurt, Al Jazeera reports. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook was criticized for turning on Safety Check for Paris attacks but not for the bombings in Beirut the same week, which gave an impression that all lives were not equal. Paris was the first time Facebook had activated Safety Check for a terrorist attack and had been only used for natural disasters like earthquakes and floods.
Facebook unsurprisingly defended its decisions saying that the tool was originally meant to be used during natural disasters, and the Paris attacks was the first time they had decided to use the tool in a terrorist attack. There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris, Facebook s Alex Schultz wrote.
We’ve activated Safety Check again after the bombing in Nigeria this evening. After the Paris attacks last week, we made the decision to use Safety Check for more tragic events like this going forward. We’re now working quickly to develop criteria for the new policy and determine when and how this service can be most useful, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced via a post.