Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Tells Friends You’re OK in a Natural Disaster

By Todd Wasserman

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Some status updates are more important than others

With that in mind, Facebook on Wednesday announced Safety Check, a new feature that lets friends and family know you’re safe after a natural disaster has occurred. When such an event transpires, Facebook will send you a message asking if you’re OK

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If you’re OK, you can select a message saying “I’m safe.”

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Facebook determines your city by your profile.If it gets the city wrong, you can mark that you’re outside the affected area.

In a blog post announcing the feature, Facebook cited the 2011 Japanese earthquake as inspiration for the new safety feature. Facebook engineers in Japan created a disaster message board, which morphed into Safety Check …

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