Mark Zuckerberg explains why Facebook activated its Safety Check feature for Paris but not Beirut
In the wake of the terrorism atrocities that left almost 130 people dead in Paris on Friday, tech companies did what they could to express solidarity with a grieving nation. One of those companies was Facebook, which activated its Safety Check feature to help people in the French capital tell loved-ones that they were safe.
Facebook launched its Safety Check feature in October 2014, and was initially intended for people caught in natural disasters. And so the social network was heavily criticized for activating the feature for the Paris attacks but not the Beirut bombings which happened a day before, not to mention the many other terrorist attacks that happen around the world, such as the Kenyan university massacre which happened on the same day. Mark Zuckerberg eventually responded to the criticism on his Facebook Page.