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After #ParisAttack, Facebook activates Safety Check feature for bombing in Nigeria

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 9:14 IST

After activating Safety Check feature on Facebook during the #ParisAttack, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media giant has activated the same feature for bombings in Nigeria.

He wrote, "We've activated Safety Check again after the bombing in Nigeria this evening.""After the Paris attacks last week, we made the decision to use Safety Check for more tragic events like this going forward. We're now working quickly to develop criteria for the new policy and determine when and how this service can be most useful."

Citing the recurring nature of such attacks, Zuckerberg mentioned, "Unfortunately, these kinds of events are all too common, so I won't post about all of them. A loss of human life anywhere is a tragedy, and we're committed to doing our part to help people in more of these situations."

Here's his post:

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After suffering backlash for not activating Safety Check for other tragic events across the globe, this is the second time Facebook has activated the feature for such events. Until the Paris attacks, the Safety Check feature was only used during the time of natural disasters.

Zuckerberg added, " Please don't let a small minority of extremists make you pessimistic about our future."

"Every member of our community spreads empathy and understanding on a daily basis. We are all connecting the world together. And if we all do our part, then one day there may no longer be attacks like this."

First published: 18 November 2015, 10:27 IST