While terror and pandemonium hung in the air after the six-pronged attack in Paris on Friday leaving 129 dead and 300 injured, it’s good to know that there were ways to check in with your loved ones. Facebook rolled out a Safety Check feature for Facebook users in the Paris area so they could alert those in their network that they were safe. But the new feature has also been criticized as it was not used in a southern Beirut suburb after twin bombings:
Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook in a comment on his page Saturday saying, “Until yesterday, our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters. We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well.” … Vice President of Growth Alex Schultz … explained that before Friday, the safety check has only ever been used for natural disasters, including earthquakes in Afghanistan, Chile and Nepal, Tropical Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific and Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines. Because of “a lot of activity on Facebook as the events were unfolding,” Schultz said they decided to use it for something other than a natural disaster for the first time.
Team Blackness also discussed a White House summit focusing on women and girls of color and much more.