Social network giant Facebook just activated Safety Check in the Philippines and neighboring countries amid Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) onslaught.
Inspired by the tsunami that hit Japan three years ago, Facebook helps users of their service to let their friends know they’re safe in times of disasters. Users can also mark their friends safe using the service.
Safety Check, when activated, will first check the location of the Facebook user via the listed address in their account profile, their last location if the user is using the Nearby Friends product, and the city where the user is currently accessing the internet.
When the user’s location is determined to be in the affected area, he will receive a Facebook notification asking him if he’s safe. The user may then select “Safe” or “I’m not in the area” if it happens that the generated location is not the right one where the user is.
The users will also receive notifications about their friends’ status should they be in the affected area as well.
See the video below on how this Facebook feature works:
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