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Brussels: Facebook switches on safety check features

Brussels: Facebook switches on safety check features

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Facebook has turned on its Safety Check feature for Brussels, where a series of explosions at the Brussels airport and a metro station left at least 13 dead and many more injured.

The feature lets you check on your Facebook friends in or near Brussels, the capital of Belgium, and see whether they’re safe, or mark them as safe if you know where they are and how they are doing.

Originally used for natural disasters, the Safety Check site was turned on during the terrorist attacks in Paris in Nov. 2015, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised to use the feature in “more human disasters.” Since then, Safety Check was used during terrorist attacks in Nigeria and Turkey.

In a similar development, Facebook activated its safety check website for people in Paris on Friday following the terror attacks in the city.

According to the company, more than four million people used the tool to let their friends and family know they were safe, and 360 million users received notifications that their friends were safe.

Responding to comments on his profile picture which he had changed to show support for France, Zuckerberg said the company would use the safety check feature for “for more human disasters going forward as well.”

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