MANILA, Philippines – Facebook apologized on Sunday, March 27 (March 28 Manila time) after its Facebook Safety Check feature sent notifications around the world in the wake of a bombing in Lahore, Pakistan.
While Safety Check is a feature that was meant to ask people in Pakistan to check in and let others know they are okay, it seems the location-based feature had a misfire.
The Safety Check feature was activated for some people nowhere near Pakistan.
Apparently @Facebook thinks I'm in Pakistan. Fortunately not! Interesting to see how this feature works though. pic.twitter.com/a0BCAfrDfr— balungile (@balungile_m) March 27, 2016
Thankfully I'm nowhere near the #Lahore bombing. Facebook Safety Check gave me a fright for sec making me think something nearby happened.— JoshWotes (@JSe3ow) March 27, 2016
#Lahore #Pakistan is on the other side of the world but #Facebook sent me this when I'm in #England! #LahoreAttack pic.twitter.com/8aRcAkt6Vo— Conorr (@blitzduk) March 27, 2016
A Facebook spokesperson released an apology, saying, “We have activated Safety Check in Lahore. We apologize to anyone who mistakenly received a notification outside of Pakistan and are working to resolve the issue.”
The deadly blast erupted in a parking lot of a crowded park in Lahore, killing at least 65 people and wounding hundreds. – Rappler.com
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