Facebook Introduces Safety Check Tool (Video)

Facebook has just introduced Safety Check, a new tool that lets people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates during disaster or crisis.

According to the social network, Safety Check will help you:
  • Let friends and family know you’re safe
  • Check on others in the affected area
  • Mark your friends as safe
Facebook says only your friends will see your safety status and the comments you share via Safety Check.

Facebook Introduces Safety Check Tool
Screenshot from Facebook
How Facebook Safety Check works:
  • Facebook says when the tool is activated after a natural disaster and if you’re in the affected area, you’ll receive a Facebook notification asking if you’re safe.
  • Facebook will determine your location by looking at the city you have listed in your profile, your last location if you’ve opted in to the Nearby Friends product, and the city where you are using the internet.
  • If they get your location wrong, you can mark that you’re outside the affected area.
  • If you’re safe, you can select “I’m Safe” and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your update. Your friends can also mark you as safe.
  • If you have friends in the area of a natural disaster and the tool has been activated, you will receive a notification about those friends that have marked themselves as safe. Clicking on this notification will take you to the Safety Check bookmark that will show you a list of their updates.
Facebook Safety Check
Screenshot from Facebook
Access Facebook Safety Check Here

Hat tip to Ask Pinoy Bloggers member Ritche Awit

Here's a video: