Facebook today turned on its “safety check” tool after deadly blast in Lahore that has killed over 50 innocent people — mostly children and women — till now. Facebook’s “Safety Check” tool automatically sends notifications to people thought to be with-in the troubled/attacked area and asking if they are “Safe” or not. This way, friends and family members automatically get notified of their safety at times of natural disasters or during attacks like in Lahore.
Today, however, Facebook mistakenly enabled the “Safety Check” tool for everyone on the earth and those who were even thousands of miles away from Lahore were also sent the notifications.
Internet users, from across the world, took it to Facebook and Twitter to point out bad execution of “Safety Check” feature by Facebook.
— Abigail Bassett (@AbigailBassett) March 27, 2016
— Sheharyar Imran (@sheharyar_imran) March 27, 2016
— Anshel Pfeffer (@AnshelPfeffer) March 27, 2016
— Lilly Maier (@lillymmaier) March 27, 2016
Facebook’s wrong execution of Safety Check, as one would see it, alerted everyone on earth about the blast and its deadly consequence.
— Raju Narisetti (@raju) March 27, 2016
Woke up to a text from Facebook asking if I’m affected by the explosion. Not sure which one it meant, but I’m assuming the Lahore one.
— ALL minions (@morbidflight) March 27, 2016
Apparently all Facebook users got disturbed when at once when they were asked “Are you safe? there was blast at a park thought to be in your area”
Facebook has admitted that it activated Safety Check feature by mistake for its entire user base and said that company is working to resolve the issue.