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Facebook Will Tell Your Friends You Are Safe

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Inspired by Japan's 2011 tsunami, Facebook has released a new feature that aims to help people reconnect after natural disasters. The feature, named 'Safety Check',  will let you your friends and family know that you are safe if an natural disaster occurs in your area.

How will it work?

Facebook can determine whether you are an area affected by a natural disaster or not from the location in your settings or from where you are getting your internet from. If it turns out you are in an area where there has been a tsunami, earthquake or even a volcanic eruption, Facebook's Safety Check will come into play.

Facebook will then send you a notification asking you whether you are safe. If you are, all you have to do is click on the 'I'm Safe' button and Facebook will let your friends know. You also have the option of saying that you are not in the area at all. The feature also lets you know how many of your friends are in the same affected area as you and how many have also clicked the 'I'm Safe' button. You can also mark your friends as safe, if they cannot access Facebook to do so.

Facebook decided to develop this incredibly useful feature when they noticed that when major disasters occurred, people would turn to Facebook to find their family members or reassure their friends. It started out as a Disaster Message Board in Japan and then became Safety Check.

This is definitely a step in the right direction for Facebook, which was evidently already the go-to social media network in case of emergency. If I were involved in an major disaster, the first way I would turn to talk to my loved ones would be Facebook. But Facebook has now simplified finding out if your friends are safe and reassuring your loved ones you that you are OK. This feature definitely makes communicating a lot easier, especially in the case of natural disaster when the last thing you want to do it take time to post a lengthy status on Facebook.

It's nice to see that amidst stealing our personal details for adverts and sponsored ads, Facebook is also trying to genuinely help people. Although this seems like a really cool feature, I do hope that I will never have to use it.


Laura is a recent graduate from University of East Anglia in Film and Television Studies, currently interning as a content writer but hoping to one day live off her writing. Follow her @LauraAtSMF.

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Facebook Will Tell Your Friends You Are Safe Reviewed by Laura Veit on Friday, October 17, 2014 Rating: 5
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