Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature in Nigeria this evening following a deadly bombing in a marketplace that claimed the lives of at least 32 people. This is the second time in a week that the social networking company has used this tool.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but some are speculating that it could be the work of the armed extremist group Boko Haram, which most people will probably remember from the kidnapping of school girls.
Facebook users who are in Nigeria can inform their friends and loved ones know that they’re okay but simply clicking on a link within the social network. Notifications will be sent out immediately to those you’re connected to, letting them know that you’re safe and sound.
“After the Paris attacks last week, we made the decision to use Safety Check for more tragic events like this going forward,” wrote Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page. “We’re not working quickly to develop criteria for the new policy and determine when and how this service can be most useful.”
Last Friday, the Paris attacks became the first non-natural disaster event Facebook’s Safety Check feature was activated for. However, while it did so much good it also encountered some criticism from people who questioned why people couldn’t use it during the attack in Beirut.
With this second attack however, Zuckerberg pointed out that he won’t be drawing attention to every single one: “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.”
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