Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg activated for the first time in the United States, the Facebook “Safety Check” feature.
Last year, Facebook vowed to turn on the Safety Check more often during disasters when it enabled the function after Islamic State militant attacks on Paris.
Just last Sunday, the worst mass shooting in US history incident happened at a packed gay club in Orlando on Sunday, where a gunman massacred 50 people.
After the shooting incident, the shooter, who was identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old US citizen and a resident of Florida, was shot and killed by the police at the Pulse nightclub.
The hashtag #PrayforOrlando quickly made the topic top trending on Facebook and Twitter being one of the top posts of the day.
The said Safety Check feature, was first introduces last October of 2014. It allows people in a disaster area to indicate they are safe.
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The feature uses the location which the user input on her account. When the tool is activated in your area after a disaster, the user in the affected area will receive a notification from Facebook asking whether he or she is safe. Users who are safe can select “I’m Safe” and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with their update.
Last 2014, Filipinos benefited from this feature when Facebook activated the same in the Philippines during the typhoon Ruby.