Facebook to save your life
While nobody likes to think about such things, increasingly, social media is keyed into every element of modern life, so a move like this is fairly inevitable.
Plus, like, the world is in a bit of pickle innit?
Called Safety Check, the service lets you input whether you are safe or not in the affected area. That, of course, is down to things like your situation not being one where there's a bomb that wipes out communication or something like that.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced 'Safety Check' while in Japan, where they've had their unfair share of natural disasters.
If Facebook notices that you are using a device in an affected area during a natural disaster like an earthquake, it will ask: ‘Are you safe?’ Presuming you're emotionally stable enough to be checking your phone and not crying at the sky, you can confirm or deny.
Location is determined by the city listed in your profile, and your last location if you use the 'Nearby Friends' thing or the city where you are using the internet. It can be used around the world on Android, iOS and on computers.
The company says that this development came about from the Disaster Message Board that was created by Facebook after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Naomi Gleit, vice president of product management at Facebook, said: "Unfortunately, these kinds of disasters happen all too frequently. Each time, we see people, relief organisations and first responders turn to Facebook in the aftermath of a major natural disaster."
"If you’re ever in a situation that would require you to use Safety Check, we hope it’s a tool that helps you stay connected to those you care about, and gives you the comfort of knowing your loved ones are safe."
TOPICS: Social Media