Facebook Activates Safety Checks For Nigeria

In the wake of increasing terror attacks on a world wide scale, Facebook has activated safety checks for Nigeria following criticism that it worked in  the Paris attacks but not in Beirut.

In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said, 

"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.
"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.
In times like this, it's important to remind ourselves that despite the alarming frequency of these terrible events, violence is actually at an all-time low in history and continues to decline.
Deaths from war are lower than ever, murder rates are generally dropping around the world, and -- although it's hard to believe -- even terrorist attacks are declining.
"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".

Facebook launched its Safety Check feature in October 2014, with the intention to activate it in natural disaster situations, but the company thought it wise to do so in the Paris attacks. 

The Company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded  to the criticism on his Facebook page.

“Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places,”
 “Until yesterday, our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters. We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well.

“You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world,” he continued. “We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can.”
Alex Schultz, vice president of growth at Facebook, also responded to the criticism, saying that the decision to activate Safety Check specifically for the Paris attacks was due to the level of activity Facebook was witnessing on the social network. “In the middle of a complex, uncertain situation affecting many people, Facebook became a place where people were sharing information and looking to understand the condition of their loved ones,” he said. “We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we’ve never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster. There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris.”

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