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Facebook has been headlining the news lately with all kinds of new products, deals and scandals. A few weeks ago Facebook announced that they’ve been working on a new anonymous app that will allow its users to post without using their real names. Now Facebook announced they have a new feature, this time on a more serious side. The Safety Check feature was designed especially for serious situations like natural disasters. How does the new Safety Check feature work? for example, if a user has checked in on Nearby Friends in a location that has been hit by a natural disaster, the Safety Check lets its users notify their close one their current status. You have an option to tell your family and friends that you’re safe or that you’re not in the area that was afflicted by the disaster.
Google and Facebook have been working on feature to help people connect after natural disasters for some time now. The new Safety Check feature was unveiled in Japan and was inspired by the unfortunate events like the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused many damages. The Safety Check feature is similar to the Disaster Message Board that was developed to help the victims of the Japanese disasters get in touch with their family and friends.
The user has two buttons: I’m Safe and I’m Not in the Area, which can be used depending on the situation they’re in. The users have the option to leave a comment as well and elaborate their current status. The comments will be visible only to the people on the friends list so that they can be assured that nothing bad happened. Also, if you have friends that are in an area where a natural disaster took place, you receive a notification when the friend checks in as safe.
So far the Safety Check app seems pretty useful and it’s available worldwide for Android, iOS phones and desktops.
What do you think of the new Facebook feature Safety Check? Do you think it could make a difference for the people who are in an area affected by a natural disaster? Leave your comments in the section below.