Yesterday, there was a bombing in Nigeria in the city of Yola of which over 30 people were killed and dozens others injured. This prompted Mark Zuckerberg to announce that Facebook has yet again activated its Safety Check feature, the second time in less than a week. Apparently was no “immediate claim of responsibility” of the attack but officials are blaming Boko Haram, which is another terror group that is linked to ISIS.
“Unfortunately, these kinds of events are all too common, so I won’t post about all of them.”, Mark Zuckerberg said in the post. “A loss of human life anywhere is a tragedy, and we are committed to doing our part to help people in more of these situations.”
After the unfortunate Paris attacks, Facebook was criticized for activating the Safety Check tool for the city and not other locations in the world like Beirut where there was another attack. This made Zuckerberg to respond by explaining Safety Check was only activated for natural disasters and after the Paris attacks, the policy was changed to include human disasters as well.
Facebook has stayed true to their word by this move and we expect the tool being used more actively from now on. ” We are now working quickly to develop criteria for the new policy and determine when and how this service can be most useful,” Zuckerberg added. Although they said the tool is still a work in progress, its ability to make sure you are in touch with people you care about is invaluable.