Facebook Excuses for Safety Check Malfunction After Lahore Explosion

Facebook excused for the bug that sent the Safety Check notification to subscribers all over the world ensuing a lethal suicide bombing in Pakistan.

Facebook Excuses for Safety Check Malfunction After Lahore Explosion

Facebook’s Safety Check tool has been turned on the stir of a massive explosion in Lahore, and has sent notifications to people worldwide. The site is inquiring everyone it thinks is near the site of the explosion in the Pakistani city if they are safe, using the debatable but high-profile tool.
But the location-based feature seems to have gone somewhat skewed, delivering messages to people who have never been to Pakistan to check whether they are safe.
According to officials, the feature was activated after a blast in a park that killed more than 53 people mostly women and children. The outburst happened in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore a few metres away from children’s swings.

People in places including the UK and US saw the message, regardless of not having been to Pakistan or having posted about it.

“We activated Safety Check today in Lahore, Pakistan, after a bombing that took place there. Unfortunately, many people not affected by the crisis received a notification asking if they were okay.”

Facebook revealed in a statement to AFP.

“This kind of bug is counter to our intent. We worked quickly to resolve the issue and we apologize to anyone who mistakenly received the notification.”

The company posted online.

Facebook’s Safety Check feature has drawn persistent disapproval for only being turned on for eminent Western disasters, and not for people in other locations. The company was also carped after the Brussels attack last week for not having turned the feature on fast enough.

However the Facebook error informed many people around the world of the incidence about which most probably many people were unaware, stated users on social media.

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