Facebook Activates “Safety Check” For Nigeria Blasts After Criticism

Facebook Inc has activated its “Safety Check” feature, after deadly blasts in Nigeria late on Tuesday.

A report on Wednesday in London by Reuters, stated that this was as a result of criticism from users that the social media network was being selective.

Facebook usually activates the feature, which allows users to mark themselves as safe, after natural disasters, but not bombings or attacks.

It said the social network, however, activated the page after Friday’s gun and bomb attacks in Paris.

It said it drew criticism from some users because the feature was not activated for suicide bombings in Beirut a day earlier.

“Both the Paris and Beirut attacks were claimed by Islamic State militants.

Meanwhile, Facebook Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has said in a post on his Facebook page, that the feature would now we be used more frequently.

He said it was decided after the Paris attacks last week, to use Safety Check for more tragic events like this going forward.

Alex Schultz, Facebook Vice President of growth, said Facebook decided to activate the feature as news of the Paris attacks unfolded because of the level of activity on its 1.55-billion-user network.

He said people in Paris were posting to let their friends and family know they were safe. (Reuters/NAN)

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