The Facebook users present in the affected area can mark themselves as "safe" to inform people that they are okay.
Until now, Facebook Lite only had access to Safety Check and not other crisis tools.
Facebook partners with NDMA and SEEDS to offer 'Disaster Maps' in India; to help respond effectively during natural disasters
The US-based firm will offer disaster maps data that illustrate aspects like peoples movement and concentration of Facebook users in the given area before and after a calamity.
Facebook saw enough reasons to make 'Safety Check' a fixture of its site as natural disasters, terrorism and conflict have become frequent.
Facebook created a page, titled "The attack in Barcelona, Spain" which users used to "check in as safe".
Facebook announced that it will add ‘Fundraisers’ to the feature to make it easier for people to raise relief money after any disaster or calamity.
Facebook talks about its India plans, discusses India-specific camera filters, community building and more
Talking about some of its features, Facebook today announced new geo-location filters, update to its Facebook Lite app and more on community building and safety of users.
Community Help was announced last year and was intended to expand on the scope of Safety Check.
According to reports, the cyclone will take two hours to cross the land, and the eye of the cyclone is currently passing over Chennai.
At a recent townhall at Luis University in Rome, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the Facebook Safety Check feature could soon be activated by users.
Facebook activated its safety check feature in Nice, France, after a truck driver run amok in a crowd of Bastille Day celebrators.
Now, the feature has been activated in the US, apparently for the first time, following the shooting at the Orlando gay bar.
With a powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale rocking India's northeastern region early Monday, Facebook has activated its safety check tool to help people in the area let friends and family know they are safe.
After outrage on social media about Paris being favoured from among Baghdad and Beirut, Facebook was quick to clarify that the Safety Check feature is an experiment that was meant for natural calamities.
Facebook Inc vowed on Monday to turn on its "Safety Check" feature more often during disasters in response to growing criticism that it only enabled the function after the attacks in Paris. In the wake of the deadliest attack on Europe in over a decade that killed at least 129 people and injured many more, millions of people used Facebook's Safety Check tool to tell their friends they were safe. But many users on the social media platform criticized Facebook for not mobilizing the same safety function during other attacks around the world, especially after suicide bombings in Beirut a day earlier that killed at least 43 people. Facebook's safety check feature was launched in October 2014. "Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places," said Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg on his official account. "Until yesterday, our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters. We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well." But many users were not satisfied with Zuckerberg's statement, accusing the social media platform for caring more about certain parts of the world. Facebook has also introduced a new feature letting users apply a French flag filter over their profile photo for a limited time in wake of the Paris attacks. TECH COMPANIES PAY PARIS TRIBUTE Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc, which held its annual host convention in Paris a day before the attacks, activated its disaster relief program, enabling people displaced in Paris to stay with certain Airbnb hosts for free. Online retailer Amazon.com Inc and popular online community Reddit also displayed French flags on their homepages to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attack. Telecom companies including Sprint Corp, T-Mobile and Verizon offered free calling and texting service between France and the U.S., while Google allowed free use of its "Hangout" unified communications service.
Facebook's decision to not activate it for Beirut terror attack, had a lot of people questioning the social networking site. Safety Check was not activated in Lebanon on Thursday, which saw a double suicide bombing attack in Beirut that killed 43 and injured over 200 more.
April passed by on a bad note. Nepal (and several parts of India) was shaken. Quite literally. Nepal relief is a long story. One of the most devastating earthquakes in 60 years had razed most of Nepal’s tourist attractions including the Pashupatinath Temple and Dharahara. So much for technology.
Facebook is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters.