Facebook, Google Activate SOS Features After Barcelona Attack

Soon after the Barcelona attack that left 13 people dead, Facebook and Google activated their safety check features to let users in the vicinity inform their friends that they were safe and get nearby support. Facebook created a page titled “The attack in Barcelona, Spain,” which users used to “check-in as safe,” The Telegraph reported on Thursday.

Recently launched SOS alert feature by Google gave people up-to-date news and information about the Barcelona attack. The page also included helpful phrases for those who might be affected. Facebook Safety Check was introduced in 2011 and was used for natural disasters until the 2015 Paris attack. It was later widely used in terror attacks that took place in London, Nice, and Berlin.

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“When Safety Check is activated, users who Facebook determines to live or spend a lot of time in the affected area are sent a push notification asking if they want to check in as safe,” the report explained. The feature sends a notification to friends of those who check-in – confirming they have been marked as safe. This also opens up ways for the people to offer help for those who need help like food, shelter, or medicines. On similar lines, Facebook introduced the “Community Help” feature in February and claimed that the response to flooding in Chennai inspired it. Many people opened up their homes for the affected.

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When Safety Check is activated, users who Facebook determines to live or spend a lot of time in the affected area are sent a push notification asking if they want to check in as safe,” the report explained. The feature sends a notification to friends of those who check-in – confirming they have been marked safe. This also opens up ways for the people to offer help for those who need help like food, shelter, or medicines. So it’s time to crack out the MP3 play, oh yes, no gadgets.