At the Facebook town hall Q&A session in Rome, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the social networking company is working on opening the option to activate Safety Check feature to all users. This means, in case of an emergency, users do not have to wait for Facebook to activate the Safety Check feature, the update will give the users the power at all times to mark themselves safe whenever a mishap takes place. The mention of the Safety Check feature took place in the town hall meeting, when a person from the audience asked Zuckerberg how the company plans to address the deployment of Safety Check in future, in the wake of the recent earthquake in Italy. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
The Facebook CEO clarified that the company has been constantly working on creating tools and feature to ensure that people are constantly connected and they are able to come together to help each other. “When Safety Check got started a couple of years ago, it was only for natural disasters. Unfortunately since then we ve had to expand it to terrorists attacks too, because that s just been too common over the last few years. The next thing we need to do is make it so that communities can trigger it themselves when there is some disasters,” he said. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
After being launched in late 2014, Safety Check feature was first deployed in response to the 2015 Nepal earthquake. However, in the past, Facebook has been criticized a lot of times for the way the Safety Check feature is deployed in case of emergencies. Users have argued that in many instances, for example during the bombing in the Nigerian city of Yola last year, the feature was activated days after the incident took place. And delay in deploying the feature just leaves the whole idea of it redundant. The new update would hopefully address the criticism the company has received regarding the feature. Also read: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to show off his home-assisting Jarvis AI next month
At the Q&A in Rome, Zuckerberg also revealed some insights about his home-assisting Artificial Intelligence (AI) system, named Jarvis. On being asked about the progress on the AI, he disclosed that the project is coming up really well and he is already able to control the lights, temperature and his house gates with it. He is also hoping to give the world a little demo of the AI sometime in the month of September.