FB adds safety feature for Chennai
Social networking giant Facebook activated the ‘Safety Check’ feature on the platform on Thursday in lieu of the heavy rains and floods, which had left thousands affected and displaced.
As a part of the feature, users can update their ‘safety status’ by which they can let their friends know that they are safe during the floods. Many chose to update their safety status which sent an alert to people on their friends list stating that they had been ‘safe’ during the rough weather. For many who had poor cell phone reception but managed to have a Wi-Fi connection, this proved to be useful.
The safety check feature was announced on October 16, 2014, initially for natural disasters and was further broadened to include manmade tragedies after the Paris attacks.
Users can update
their ‘safety status’
to let their dear
ones know that
they are safe