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Facebook criticized for Safety Check after Paris

Posted at 8:28 AM, Nov 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-16 11:28:22-05

Facebook is taking some heat for activating its safety check feature after the Paris terrorist attacks

The feature allowed Facebook users in the area to notify their friends they were safe. More than 4 million people marked themselves as safe after the attacks, according to CNN Money.

Some people are asking why Facebook didn't activate that feature after Thursday's deadly bombings in Beirut, Lebanon.

"We're really sad for what happened in Paris tonight but there is also a city capital named BEIRUT and was attacked yesterday from terrorist why Facebook didn't activated the safety check in Lebanon Mark Zuckerberg?" Wadih Constantine wrote in a comment.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the policy, until Saturday, was to only activate for natural disasters. The feature will now be turned on after some human disasters as well.

"You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world," Zuckerberg wrote. "Until yesterday, our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters. We just changed this [policy] and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well."

Facebook's Safety Check was launched in 2014 and, before the attacks in Paris, had been used 5 times for natural disasters.