Nepal's safety check
Facebook has a feature that can help anyone in danger from the Nepal
Facebook wants to use its massive network to help those who may be in
danger from the Nepal earthquake with a feature called Safety Check.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Saturday that the company
activated Safety Check for those affected by the earthquake.
"When disasters happen, people need to know their loved ones are
safe," he wrote in a Facebook post. "It's moments like this that being
able to connect really matters."
The feature, which was announced in October, is simple and does
exactly what its name implies. If you're near a natural disaster, you'll
receive a Facebook notification asking if you're safe. Facebook
determines your location by looking at the city listed in your profile,
or by seeing where you checked in if you use the Nearby Friends feature.
If you're safe, you can select the "I'm Safe" option, and Facebook
will create a Newsfeed story to show your friends and family that you're
unharmed. Your friends can also mark you as safe. Safety Check also
sends you a notification if people you know are in the affected area and
have been marked as safe.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake has killed more than 2,200 people in the
region. It's being called the worst earthquake to hit the nation in over