Facebook activates ‘safety check’ feature after fatal Nigerian bombing

Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature for the first time since the Paris attacks, this time in response to the fatal bombing in Nigeria.

“We’ve activated Safety Check again after the bombing in Nigeria this evening,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his account on Wednesday.

“After the Paris attacks last week, we made the decision to use Safety Check for more tragic events like this going forward.


“We’re now working quickly to develop criteria for the new policy and determine when and how this service can be most useful,” he added.

The innovative feature allows Facebook users to ‘check-in,’ as a way of letting their family and friends know that they are safe.

Following the deadly Paris attacks, the safety check feature was used by 4.1 million people in the city.

On Tuesday, at least 31 people were killed and 72 injured after a bomb blast tore through the north-eastern Nigerian city, Yola.