Facebook has activated their “Safety Check” feature in response to Tuesday’s terrorist bombings in Brussels, Belgium.
Today, we are used to being constantly connected to the world through cell phones and social media but quite often that connection is the first thing lost in the wake of emergencies. Cell phone networks get overburdened and uncertainty about the status of loved ones adds to the chaos.
With “Safety Check,” Facebook users in the affected area can check in as “safe” to notify friends and family that they are OK even if other forms of communication are overburdened or disabled.
Facebook safety check active > use it to mark you/your friends are ok. Still questions about family/friends at the airport > +32 2 753 73 00
— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) March 22, 2016
Facebook activates it safety check system for Belgians. How sad we have to flip a switch to indicate Muslims didn't kill us today.
— Bill (@thatbillokeefe) March 22, 2016
Facebook safety check is a fantastic feature at times like these. Hoping the 9 friends still unmarked check in soon…
— Tom Harris (@tnjharris) March 22, 2016
As you'd expect, Facebook's safety check feature has been switched on in Brussels. Just got an alert that a friend is safe.
— Martin Bryant (@MartinSFP) March 22, 2016
Facebook's best feature. pic.twitter.com/klvhJyrQ22
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) March 22, 2016
I pick on facebook a lot – but the safety check thing is one of the very best things – especially with friends all over the world 🙁
— auroraeosrose (@auroraeosrose) March 22, 2016
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