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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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Australia Proposes To Strengthen Regulations of Facebook, Google

Facebook has 17 million monthly users in Australia -- 68 per cent of its population -- while Instagram, second most popular site in terms of users - which is owned by Facebook, has 11 million users

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Monday proposed measures to counter the dominant market positions of Google and Facebook and strengthen monitoring on their access to information, advertising and consumers personal data.

The regulatory body, which recommended 11 preliminary measures in the report, was directed to conduct a public inquiry into the impact of digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content in 2017 by then treasurer and current Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Acting as an intermediary between consumers and news outlets, platforms are inherently influential in shaping consumers’ choices of digital journalism,” said the report cited by Efe news.

This influential position and filtration of news items could place the consumer in a so-called filter bubble, increasing the risk of consumers being exposed to unreliable news, according to the report.

“The algorithms operated by each of Google and Facebook, as well as other policies, determine which content is surfaced and displayed to consumers in news feed and search results,” it said.

“The ACCC considers that the strong market position of digital platforms like Google and Facebook justifies a greater level of regulatory oversight,” Chair Rod Sims said.

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The commission called for the creation of a regulatory authority with powers to monitor these digital platforms and recommended establishing an automatic mechanism to take down content that violates copyright.

The ACCC said consumers should be informed about the manner in which these platforms collect and use their data to create personalized advertising.

This would include a reform of privacy laws to require the user’s express consent to data collection and “enable consumers to require erasure of their personal information where they have withdrawn their consent”.

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ACCC said that it found that “competition may have been distorted in multiple sectors where consumer data is used”.

Facebook has 17 million monthly users in Australia — 68 per cent of its population — while Instagram, second most popular site in terms of users – which is owned by Facebook, has 11 million users.

In 2017, Google registered 90 per cent of search traffic originating from Australian desktops and 98 per cent from mobile phones. (IANS)