Facebook just announced the release of a new feature. The famous social network will release the Safety check, which will allow users to connect with family during natural disasters.
So, the new feature aims to give Facebook users the possibility to check-in with their loved ones in case of a natural disaster. It is a well-known fact that in the event of a natural disaster, the first thing that happens is a breakdown in communications. Of course, everyone is trying to find out if their loved ones are fine or not, trying to reach them.
This is exactly where the new service comes in as useful. Facebook announced the release of this new service in a blog post, on Wednesday. The famous company claimed that the Safety Check service is going to be available for users from all over the world. The service will be compatible with multiple platforms and devices, Facebook reps revealed.
The new tool gets automatically activated when disaster strikes. So, people using the tool who are in an area affected by a natural disaster, first receive a notification asking them if they are safe. The location is determined by Facebook based on the information provided by users, the last check-in and the usage of the Internet. Users will be able to check I’m safe and the post will go directly as an update and to the News Feeds.
“In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates. It is in these moments that communication is most critical both for people in the affected areas and for their friends and families anxious for news,” the statement released by Facebook said.
Apparently, Facebook decided to focus its efforts on the release of this new tool, following the launch of the Disaster Message Board in Japan, in 2011, when the earthquake and tsunami affected the country. This service helped people find out if their loved ones survived, as communication lines failed.
“Our engineers in Japan took the first step toward creating a product to improve the experience of reconnecting after a disaster,” the company said. “They built the Disaster Message Board to make it easier to communicate with others. They launched a test of the tool a year later and the response was overwhelming,” it added.
This is without a doubt a Facebook feature that everyone hopes to never be in the situation of having to use.