Facebook has activated the Safety Check (Crisis Response) feature in Kolkata following the Majherhat Bridge collapse. Facebook users in Kolkata can use the feature on the social media platform to mark themselves safe, which will help to keep family and friends informed that you have not been harmed in the incident. Users on Facebook can also check on people in their network, who have similarly marked themselves as safe.
The Safety Check feature has been activated following the collapse of the Majherhat Bridge in Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. A part of the bridge collapsed at 4:30PM today, during peak hour traffic. As a result, many people are believed to be trapped in the debris, with one person confirmed to be dead and several others injured. Rescue operations are on at the site of the disaster.
Facebook Safety Check is a unique feature by the social media platform which allows users in affected areas to mark themselves as safe in the event of a disaster. Facebook has activated Safety Check numerous times globally, for all kinds of events such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and accidents such as this particular bridge collapse in Kolkata. The feature was also recently activated in India during the flooding that affected the southern Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Safety Check is activated only in the affected areas, so if Facebook believes that you are in an affected area during a disaster, it will activate the option for you. You can then mark yourself as safe, as a way to inform your family and friends who you are connected to on Facebook that you aren’t harmed.