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Facebook activates Safety Check tool in wake of Nice Attack

According to CNET, it is the third time in nearly a month that the social networking giant has activated the tool

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Facebook started Security Check Feature. Image Source: Reuters
  • According to CNET, it is the third time in nearly a month that the social networking giant has activated the tool
  • A click or tap on the “I’m Safe” button lets friends and loved ones know straight away
  • The feature was activated in early June after the deadly attack on a Florida night club that claimed the lives of 49 people

Facebook on Friday turned on its Safety Check feature after a large truck mowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing at least 80 people.

Attack in Nice on Bastille Day. Image Source: www.nbcnews.com
Attack in Nice on Bastille Day. Image Source: www.nbcnews.com

According to CNET, it is the third time in nearly a month that the social networking giant has activated the tool.

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The feature allows people to notify their friends if they are in the affected area and mark themselves as safe.

A click or tap on the “I’m Safe” button lets friends and loved ones know straight away. Users can also check to see whether their friends are safe too.

'I am safe' option in Facebook. Image Source: www.worldstart.com
‘I am safe’ option in Facebook. Image Source: www.worldstart.com

“Last month, we began testing features that allow people to both initiate and share Safety Check on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

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“We hope the people in the area find the tool a helpful way to let their friends and family know they are OK,” the spokesperson added.

Facebook Safety Check Feature. Image Source: www.nydailynews.com
Facebook Safety Check Feature. Image Source: www.nydailynews.com

The feature was activated in early June after the deadly attack on a Florida night club that claimed the lives of 49 people.

Less than two weeks later, Facebook activated Safety Check feature for users after a suicide attack that killed 45 people at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. (IANS)

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    Something which was required because social media is the best platform to let people know about the happenings and is widely used by everybody

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Private Firms Shouldn’t Censor Politicians, News: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook recently allowed US President Donald Trump's campaign office to post a fake ad about Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden on its platform

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FILE - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a Facebook developer conference in San Jose, California, May 1, 2018. VOA

Defending Facebook’s policy of not removing political advertisements containing false information, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that a private company should not be censoring politicians and news.

Challenged on CBS over the policy, Zuckerberg said “people should be able to judge for themselves the character of politicians”.

The policy has faced criticism from several quarters due to concerns that ads containing false information may spread misinformation and distort elections.

“What I believe is that in a democracy, it’s really important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments,” the Facebook CEO was quoted as saying.

While demands for reconsidering the policy emanated even from within the organisation, Zuckerberg did not commit to any changes.

Mark Zuckerberg. (Wikimedia Commons)

While Twitter has banned all political ads, Google last month announced new restrictions on such ads.

The Internet search giant put new limits on political advertisers globally from micro-targeting users via election ads based on their political affiliation.

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The main formats Google offers political advertisers are Search ads, YouTube ads and display ads. Under the new rules, political advertisers may target their ads only down to the postal code level.

Facebook recently allowed US President Donald Trump’s campaign office to post a fake ad about Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden on its platform. (IANS)