Facebook Safety Check

Facebook activated its “Safety Check” tool on Friday night to let users check on friends and family in Paris. Photo: Screenshot Of Facebook.com

By Julie Balise
Friday, November 13, 2015 – Updated 5:36 pm

  • Facebook activated its “Safety Check” tool on Friday night to let users check on friends and family in Paris.

Facebook activated its Safety Check tool on Friday, after at least 100 people died in terror attacks across Paris.

The tool detects if you’re in Paris, based on the current city on your profile or location of your Internet connection. Facebook users in the affected area receive a notification asking if they’re safe. (If Facebook gets your location wrong, you can let it know.) If you mark that you’re safe, that status is shared with friends.

People can visit this page to quickly see if a friend in Paris has checked in. The tool can also be used by people outside Paris. “Quickly find and connect with friends in the area. Mark them safe if you know they’re OK,” the tool says.
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Facebook is aggregating content related to the attacks here.

The Menlo Park company launched its Safety Check tool in October 2014, based on response on Facebook after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It was used in April to help Facebook users check on friends and family affected by the earthquake in Nepal.