Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to questions about why the social network’s Safety Check feature was turned on after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, but not after similar incidents in other places.
Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places.
Until yesterday, our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters. We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward, as well.
Here’s more detail on Safety Check and our policy for deploying it from the Facebook Safety page: https://www.facebook.com/fbsafety/posts/930229667014872.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out with questions and concerns about this. You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world.
We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can.
Readers: Did any of your family or friends use Safety Check to let you know they were safe in Paris, or from other locations where the feature was deployed?