Facebook Tweaks Safety Check

Facebook announced several updates to its Safety Check feature, including a new tool that allows select non-engineering employees to activate Safety Check and an internal Messenger bot.

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Facebook announced several updates to its Safety Check feature, including a new tool that allows select non-engineering employees to activate Safety Check and an internal Messenger bot.

Software engineer Peter Cottle revealed the new Safety Check developments in a blog post, which also offered a detailed look at the technology behind the feature.

Cottle wrote that engineers had previously been required to deploy Safety Check in times of crisis, and he explained the reasoning behind the new tool:

Once our infrastructure was solid, we wanted to scale and automate as much of the process around activating Safety Check as possible.

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