Mark Zuckerberg Explains Why Facebook’s ‘Safety Check’ Was Activated For Paris But Not Beirut Bombing
The CEO has announced the function will now be used for more 'human disasters'.
On Friday (November 13), Facebook decided to activate its ‘Safety Check’ feature, in order for Parisian residents to inform friends and family that they were safe.
But as the tragic events unfolded in Paris, many on social media expressed outrage at the fact that the same function wasn’t mobilised the day before, when Beirut was hit with a bombing that killed 40.
Now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has explained that while ‘Safety Check’ was originally intended for natural disasters, they will now be broadening its use for human ones too.
In a Facebook post, Mark told followers: “Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places.
“Until yesterday [November 13], our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters.
“We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out with questions and concerns about this. You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world.
“We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can.”