Facebook apologised on Monday after a bug turned its "safety check" feature into a breaking news alert for all users after a powerful blast ripped through a public park in Lahore, killing 69 people and injuring over 250.
Facebook turns on the "Safety Check" feature to help let friends and family know they are safe in case being trapped after a natural disaster or terror attack.
But in the case of Lahore terror attack, people nowhere nearby, or even near Pakistan, received notifications, Quartz reported.
In fact, people as far as New York city, South Africa, Nepal and Canada tweeted about receiving the "Safety Check" notification activated after the Lahore bombing.
this is great facebook but i am not in pakistan pic.twitter.com/3HwYM6ny1u— Brand X (@eatyourdinner) March 27, 2016
"We activated Safety Check in Lahore, Pakistan, after a bombing took place there. Unfortunately, many people not affected by the crisis received a notification asking if they were okay. We worked to resolve the issue and we apologise to anyone who mistakenly received the notification," a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.
According to a post from Facebook's disaster response team, "this kind of bug is counter to the product's intent."
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