Facebook activates Safety Check feature after suspected Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Published November 18th, 2015 - 01:44 GMT
After facing criticism for activating the feature for the Paris attacks but not for Beirut the day before, Facebook announced that it will increase the use of Safety Check for crises around the world. (Twitter)
After facing criticism for activating the feature for the Paris attacks but not for Beirut the day before, Facebook announced that it will increase the use of Safety Check for crises around the world. (Twitter)

At least 30 people have been killed and dozens more injured after an explosion ripped through a produce market in the city of Yola in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday night.

Boko Haram, who in March of this year pledged allegiance to Daesh, are the main suspects in the attack although responsibility has not yet been claimed.

This time, Facebook was ready with the same Safety Check feature enacted during the Paris attacks last Friday, marking the its second use for a non-natural disaster.

Facebook came under fire last week for activating the feature for Paris but not for the Beirut bombing the day before. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to critics by announcing that the social media site would activate the feature more often in the future.

In the wake of the Nigeria attack, Zuckerberg explained that Facebook is working to develop a criteria in order to make the Safety Check service most useful. He urges people to be optimistic about the world, and says that despite it not seeming so, “terrorist attacks are declining” around the world. See his full post below. (Screenshot via Facebook)

By Kane Hippisley-Gatherum


© 2000 - 2021 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

You may also like

Subscribe

Sign up to our newsletter for exclusive updates and enhanced content