On his own FB profile Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Safety Check feature.
“Over the last few years there have been many disasters and crises where people have turned to the Internet for help” – says update from Facebook CEO, – “Each time, we see people use Facebook to check on their loved ones and see if they’re safe. Connecting with people is always valuable, but these are the moments when it matters most. Safety Check is our way of helping our community during natural disasters and gives you an easy and simple way to say you’re safe and check on all your friends and family in one place.
It’s meaningful to be in Tokyo to announce this because the great earthquake and tsunami a few years ago inspired us to build the first version of this for Japan. Now we’re glad to have this ready to serve everyone in the world”.
How does it work?
In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates. It is in these moments that communication is most critical both for people in the affected areas and for their friends and families anxious for news.
Facebbok announced that they want to provide a helpful tool that people can use when major disasters strike, so they have created Safety Check – a simple and easy way to say you’re safe and check on others.
During a major disaster, Safety Check will help you:
- Let friends and family know you’re safe
- Check on others in the affected area
- Mark your friends as safe
Only your friends will see your safety status and the comments you share.
You can read more details here: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2014/…/introducing-safety-check/