Nepal Quake: Facebook activates Safety Check feature for victims

Nepal Quake: Facebook activates Safety Check feature for victims

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As Nepal tries to recover from aftermath of the massive earthquake that devastated the Himalayan nation yesterday, tech giants Google and Facebook have joined in the relief efforts.

While Google has opened its Person Finder tool for the purpose, Facebook has activated its ‘Safety Check’ feature to help victims of the deadly earthquake.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted a status update announcing the feature. He said: “When disasters happen, people need to know their loved ones are safe. It’s moments like this that being able to connect really matters. My thoughts are with everyone who’s been caught up in this tragedy.”

How it works

If a Facebook user is in the affected areas caused by natural disaster, Facebook automatically asks user to update their safety status in those affected areas. If they are, users can mark “yes.” This sends the notification that they are safe to all of their Facebook friends.

Friends can also mark their Facebook friends as safe if the user is unable to do it themselves.

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