After confirming that in times of natural disasters, conflict or crisis, people turn to Facebook to see if their loved ones are okay, Mark Zuckerberg‘s social network has developed a Safety Check tool that informs contacts if the user’s safe and also allows to know if others are too. Furthermore, the new feature locates those friends who are in the concerned area.
The tool is automatically activated after a natural disaster and, if the user is in the affected area, he’ll receive a Facebook notification asking if he’s okay. The platform determines the location according to the city on the profile or the city from which you are connected to the internet.
If the user was given a wrong location,he can mark he’s out of the affected area. If he’s okay, he can just click on the “I’m safe” button so that his friends and relatives know it immediately. Only contacts will see the safety status and its respective comments.
You can also see a list of friends who might be affected by the disaster and the social network will notificate you when they confirm they are okay. The new panel will be available worldwide in Android, iOS and phone and pc version.
The idea of developing the Safety Check comes from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. “Our engineers in Japan took the first step towards creating a product for such situations: they built the Disaster Message Board to make it easier to communicate with others,” they explain from Facebook in a statement.