Facebook has announced a new update to its Safety Check feature. Facebook has enabled Safety Check feature permanently on its mobile app and desktop version. The update is rolling out gradually, and will reach users globally in a few weeks. Announced in 2014, Facebook’s Safety Check feature allows users to mark themselves safe in areas of disaster, and connect with their friends and family. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
Facebook announced the update on its Disaster Response page Safety Check helps our community let loved ones know they are safe during a crisis, find and give help, as well as learn more about a crisis. There’s now a single place to go to see where Safety Check has recently been activated, get the information you need and potentially be able to help affected areas.
On the mobile app, you will find Safety Check under the menu bar located on the top-right for Android, and bottom right for iOS. Safety Check will be visible in the list below with its logo in green color. Under this, your activity will appear on top if you ve recently marked safe. There will be a list below showing areas of disaster where Safety Check is active, which friends have marked safe, and who have requested or offered help. ALSO READ: Facebook cracks down on clickbait videos by downranking them
This new update comes after the recent attack in Barcelona where a van crashed into a crowd resulting in the death of two people. Other than activating Safety Check to mark them safe, people could put in requests for help via Community Help, a feature Facebook announced in February this year. Facebook announced Community Help in Safety Check for people to find and give help, and message friends to get updates on their situation. Community Check can be used for natural and accidental incidents as well. RELATED: Facebook Safety Check tool updated with Community Help to let you help locals during emergencies