Terror Attack: Facebook activates security check feature

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Facebook activated its “Safety Check” feature Saturday after reports of an attack targeted at civilians in London.

The tool has been used in the past to inform family and friends about the welfare of individuals near a crisis.

Metro UK reported that the tool has been utilized in the past during the Orlando attack and the attack at the Westminster Bridge.

The Telegraph reported that it is the 3rd time that the function has been activated in the UK. The page is called, “The Attack in London, United Kingdom,” and individuals can check in as safe.


Facebook initially presented the function in 2011, and it was generally used during natural catastrophes, like earthquakes. In 2015, it was used during the Paris attacks.

Fox Business reported that the safety check has actually been triggered more than 600 times in 2 years and was last used in the UK last March during the Westminster attack in London.

In accordance with Facebook, it is enacted after international crisis reporting firms NC4 and iJET International inform of an event. Facebook then starts to keep an eye out for posts about the event, in the area, and if a great deal of individuals are discussing it, they may be prompted to sign in and mark themselves safe and invite others to do the very same.



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