Facebook Safety Check: Site apologises for sending messages to people outside of Pakistan asking if they are ‘affected by the explosion’

Print Version
Share to a friend

Facebook has apologised for sending texts people across the world asking if they were “affected by the

explosion”.

 

The site turned on its controversial Safety Check tool in the wake of a bomb in Lahore that killed at least

52 people and injured many more, most of whom were women and children in a park.

 

But the tool appears to have gone wrong and sent people a text message asking whether they were

affected by the explosion – without naming the location – even if they were thousands of miles away.

 

The feature is intended to use a data and an algorithm to work out where Facebook users are. If it think

that a person is or could be in an affected area then it will send a message asking whether they are safe.

 

But a problem with the site’s tool meant that the same message was seen by people as far away as UK

and the US.

 

The company confirmed the issue and said that it was working to fix it.

 

“We have activated Safety Check in Lahore,” said a Facebook spokesperson. “We apologise to anyone

who mistakenly received a notification outside of Pakistan and are working to resolve the issue.”

 

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-safety-check-site-apologises-for-sending-messages-to-people-outside-of-pakistan-asking-if-a6955636.html