Shortly after the terrible earthquake in Nepal, Facebook launched a new feature to help people in Nepal.
Shortly after the terrible earthquake in Nepal, Facebook launched a feature to help people in Nepal.
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Recently, the popular social network activated the service that allows users in catastrophe-affected areas to warn their friends or relatives about the disaster so they would stay safe on the distance. Facebook also activated this feature earlier, last month, when the disastrous earthquake shook Nepal for the first time this year. But some users don’t seem to understand all the seriousness of the situation as they misuse the safety check feature and mark themselves as “safe” though they weren’t near the dangerous area at that time.
The service shows a white window to the user with the question if he’s in the affected area, and if it is so, then one can confirm the location by clicking on the “Yes” link on the page (however there is no “No” button on the page). Then the user is being taken to another page where he can confirm that he’s safe or select another option and say that he’s not in the affected area. The tool is supposed to determine the location of the user automatically and basing on the received information, the user will be sent this request window. But as the service is directly-accessible, anyone on Earth can use the tool to mark themselves as “safe”. And lots of Facebook users don’t agree with this.
Some users posted critical posts on Facebook, commenting this situation:
Most of the “safe” people probably don’t even know where Nepal is
People are dying there, it’s not a joke
People outside Nepal who are marking themselves as “safe” are making fun of those who are suffering from the disaster