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Facebook's new Safety Check feature tells friends you're safe during natural disasters

By Himanshu Arora · 10 replies
Oct 16, 2014
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  1. Facebook has launched a new feature that aims to help you connect with your family, friends, and loved ones during or after natural disasters. Dubbed Safety Check, the feature is rolling out globally on Android, iOS, basic feature phones, as...

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  2. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    Another useless feature that's going to cost emergency personnel unnecessary problems. Not having an option NO is just dumb. How do you want to check if somebody is indeed in trouble, by waiting untill he does not respond? What's the time interval to determine whether or not somebody is actually in trouble? or what if he/she isn't and didn't want/ forgot to reply. It's like giving a bird the feature to fly but leave out the wings.
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,133   +624

    I wouldn't rely on this.
  4. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +63

    Your only options are "I'm safe" or "I'm not in the area" ? What if you're not safe and there's a problem. Sit and wait until it times out? What if I lost my phone in a tornado? What if there's no cell reception after the disaster? Will it time out and mark me as not safe despite the fact that I may actually be safe?

    This does not appear to be well thought out, and may end up causing more grief and anguish to your loved ones.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,158   +829

    Contrary to what others have expresed, I think it's a very neat feature even if there is work to be done with it.

    Of course its not something to 100% rely on, but still you could easily know which of your affected friends/relatives try to contact to see if anything happened.

    Normally the first thing to go out on disasters (At least here in Chile, as I lived for example the 2010 8,9° earthquake in Concepcion) is the phone network since EVERYBODY is trying to call their loved ones, in my example it happened around 4 am and I couldn't contact anyone until around noon the same day (I lived in different regions as the rest of my family at the time), so my parents had no idea if I was dead or alive, maybe this could've send a quick update in one of those seconds that the network went back online. With this case in mind I could've as easily sent a whatsapp message or sms, indeed you have options, but it's a nice feature to have.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2014
  6. Finally someone who gets it. I don't know whats wrong with people, I think most people just like to b!tch and moan about nothing. I think this is a good idea since it offers another avenue of communication especially when all other avenues of communication are congested or down. I just want to know if you loved one is OK when you can't reach them. How hard is that to grasp?
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,973   +2,869

    "Facebook says the tool determines your location by looking at the city you have listed in your profile".

    So they ask if you're OK after bombarding you with a ton of ad's... more importantly how do you reply if you're 'ahem'... slightly dead or buried under piles of concrete with your phone?
    That said, if you are unfortunate to be in the devastated area but OK wouldn't you just rather call someone instead of posting on FB? (assuming you could pick up a signal)
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2014
  8. elemental

    elemental TS Member

    Like and share my hopelessness and destitute across facebook. I'm o.k. but I've lost everything and need a few more like and shares in 5 minutes so facebook will send me something.
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,158   +829

    Wow this is a great community full of constructivism!

    I saw the same news on another site and the difference in responses wows me.
  10. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    I dunno but this works through internet. If I'm in trouble and facebook was the only webpage in the world that I could use I would send a chat message explaining my problem. Or just the words I need Help would work a lot better than a function that only gives you the option to say ur okay.

    The feature makes me feel that I'm obligated to all my facebook contacts to tell them I'm okay. I have other things to do at those points. I'm either working / on vacation or I'm helping others that are in trouble.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,161   +3,259

    Anyone capable of responding would likely post a status update anyway. This is a pathetic example of just how stupid people can be!
    Forg0t2 likes this.

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