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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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  • 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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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    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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Anonymous Ads on Facebook Influenced 10 Million British Voters

Facebook faced flak for not doing enough to prevent spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 US presidential election

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This photo shows the logo for Facebook on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. VOA

An anonymous political campaign on Facebook has reached nearly 10 million voters, asking them via advertisements to oppose British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the media reported on Saturday.

According to The Guardian, it was discovered by the digital campaign group 89up, which shared the details with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) panel into fake news.

“In adverts micro-targeted to individual constituencies, voters are exhorted to tell your local MP to bin Chequers,” said the report.

“This advertising is designed to specifically influence MPs,” 89up said.

All that is known about the campaign is what can be found on its website, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“Going by the name Mainstream Network, the group writes and publishes news stories on its website with an almost exclusively pro-Brexit slant, shared on its social media accounts,” the report added.

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Anonymous Facebook ads urged nearly 10 mn British voters to oppose Brexit. IANS

“Over the last couple of weeks, I received a flood of about 50 emails – some quite abusive – urging me to ‘chuck Chequers’ and vote for out-and-out Brexit,” Labour MP Paul Farrelly was quoted as saying

The news comes at a time when Facebook is reeling under a couple of massive data breaches including the Cambridge Analytica scandal that impacted 87 million users earlier this year.

Facebook says it has set a goal of bringing a transparency feature for political ads — now available in the US and Brazil — to the UK and India by March 2019.

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With the new ad architecture in place, people would be able to see who paid for a particular political ad.

Facebook has also set up a War Room to reduce the spread of potentially harmful content.

Facebook faced flak for not doing enough to prevent spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 US presidential election. (IANS)