In a disaster area? Facebook lets you notify loved ones that you’re safe
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In a Facebook status update Mark Zuckerberg posted announcing the Safety Check feature, in response to the Nepal earthquake, he said, “It’s moments like this that being able to connect really matters”

Tech in Asia

Over a thousand people have died in an earthquake that shook Nepal, home to Mount Everest. For the multitudes more in the area, their friends and family hope they’re safe. In the wake of the calamity, Facebook released a feature called Safety Check that allows users in a disaster area to quickly tell loved ones that they’re okay.

Here’s how it works

If Facebook detects that you may be near a danger zone, it’ll ask you if you’re safe. You can either select “I’m safe” or “I’m not in the area.” The feature also allows users to see who might be in the area and whether they’ve indicated they’re alright.

In a Facebook status update Mark Zuckerberg posted announcing the feature, the Facebook founder said, “When disasters happen, people need to know their loved ones are safe. It’s moments like this that being able to connect really matters. My thoughts are with everyone who’s been caught up in this tragedy.”

The feature has limitations though. Natural disasters can knock out electrical power and disable Internet or cellular infrastructure, leaving users unable to access the Internet. But for those who can access Facebook, Safety Check gives their loved ones a peace of mind.

This post was originally published on Tech in Asia

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Terence Lee

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Based in Singapore, Terence writes about technology trend and startups in Asia. Passionate about harnessing tech for storytelling, he has picked up web development, sniffing his way around Ruby on Rails, Javascript, and D3.js. His articles have been published on Venturebeat, Yahoo!, SGE, Straits Times, and Today. He digs movies, computer games, and food porn.

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