Facebook activates Safety Feature for Yola
For the second time in just 5 days, Facebook has activated its safety check feature, used for tracking people who have been close to disasters.
The feature was first deployed after the Paris bombings on Friday, and was once again deployed today following Tuesday’s bombing at a market in Yola, Adamawa state.
Over 30 people were reportedly killed in the attack believed to be masterminded by Boko Haram, and Facebook users in Yola will prompted to confirm if they are safe.
Facebook had been criticized when it launched the feature after the Paris attacks, for not using it in the aftermath of other attacks around the world in the Middle East and Africa.
In its defense, Facebook vice-president Alex Schultz had said that the program was initially intended for just natural disasters, adding: “There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris.”