Monday, June 13th, 2016

Facebook activates safety check feature for survivors of Orlando Shooting

Narada Desk | June 13, 2016 2:21 pm Print
The USA witnessed the biggest mass shooting when an American-born man gunned down 50 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation's worst terror attack since 9/11. Facebook has activated its safety check feature which helps people in marking their safety on Facebook after the disastrous and unfortunate event.

In a first for the Unites States, the social networking giant Facebook on Sunday activated its Safety Check feature for users in the aftermath of the the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida in which at least 50 people were killed and 53 others injured.

The feature has always been activated in the past as well, following any sort of natural disaster or event which could have led to loss of life in heavy numbers. Users can go online and mark their presence stating the safety parameter which has been met by the users who are marking their presence on the feature of Facebook to inform and aware their acquaintances.

The feature allows people to notify their friends if they are in the affected area and mark themselves as safe.

A click or tap on the “I’m Safe” button lets friends and loved ones know straight away. Users can also check to see whether their friends are safe too.

The gunman, named by officials as Afghan-origin Omar Mateen, 29, was killed by a SWAT team after he took hostages at Pulse, a popular gay night club.

It is believed that the suspect, who was a US citizen from the Florida town of Port St Lucie, was not on a terrorism watch list, although he was being investigated for an unrelated criminal act, BBC reported.

US President Barack Obama called the mass shooting an “act of terror” and “act of hate”.

Facebook’s Safety Check feature, launched in October 2014, has now been deployed on several occasions including the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The mass shooting has been called as the worst incident after 9/11 which has led to the deaths of the nearly 50 people which have been confirmed and nearly 53 victims that have been transferred to the hospitals because of being severely injured.

(Inputs from IANS)