OMNI Solutions Group Blog

OMNI Solutions Group has been serving the Washington D.C. metropolitan area since 1994, providing IT Support such as technical help-desk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

For Emergency Purposes Only: Users Can Now Activate Facebook’s Safety Check

For Emergency Purposes Only: Users Can Now Activate Facebook’s Safety Check

Since 2014, Facebook has quietly featured Safety Check, a crisis response tool that lets users in areas struck by natural disasters or other emergencies to confirm their safety on the social network. Originally, Facebook itself would have to activate a Safety Check, but that has changed--the power to activate a safety check is now in the hands of the stricken community.


One of the most devastating elements of any disaster is not knowing if affected friends and loved ones are safe. Safety Check is meant to reduce the fear of this unknown by giving users a simple way to confirm that they are okay, and to check in to make sure the people they cared about were safe as well. However, when Facebook retained total control over the tool’s activation, it was put into effect a total of 39 times worldwide between December of 2014 and December of 2015.

Unfortunately, this number is clearly far too low for a tool meant to chart disasters around the world. As a result, Facebook took steps to put the power to activate Safety Check in the hands of those who would need it most--the communities affected by the crisis in question.

Utilizing a two-step system, Facebook will first receive confirmation that an event is taking place through a network of third-party organizations, and then analyze the chatter put out by the community in the affected area to determine if Safety Check is warranted. This new, fully-automated process has been put to use 328 times since first being tested in June of 2016.

Disasters, unfortunately, are a terrible fact of life on this planet. It is difficult to be prepared for anything, but with tools like Facebook’s Safety Check, we can at least be informed that our loved ones are safe.

Continue reading
0 Comments

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Cloud Privacy Hackers Best Practices Hosted Solutions Backup Internet Business Business Computing IT Services Productivity Business Continuity Google Malware Software Hardware Windows 10 Miscellaneous Disaster Recovery Microsoft Innovation Computer Mobile Computing Mobile Device Management VoIP Windows Workplace Tips Managed Service Provider Smartphone Server IT Support Mobile Devices Network Security Efficiency Data Virtualization Upgrade Save Money communications Email Small Business Office Best Practice Budget Holiday Android Employer-Employee Relationship User Tips Chrome Data Management VPN Information Technology Quick Tips Telephone Systems Recovery Application Outsourced IT Apps Microsoft Office Hacking IT solutions BYOD Managed IT Network Tablet Managed IT Services Avoiding Downtime Bandwidth The Internet of Things Business Intelligence Remote Computing Social Engineering Hard Drives Ransomware Disaster Going Green Automation Lithium-ion battery Wireless Technology Firewall Communication Operating System Computers Saving Money Gmail Risk Management Phone System Network Congestion Social Health Hosted Solution Proactive IT Streaming Media Gadgets Mobility Telephony Cost Management BDR Spam Biometrics Facebook Private Cloud DDoS WiFi Customer Service Alert Passwords Humor Unified Threat Management Administration Big Data Government Cybercrime Smartphones Office Tips Remote Monitoring Browser Password Chromecast Instant Messaging Emergency Wearable Technology Operating Sysytem Virtual Desktop User Networking Bluetooth Administrator Phishing Cybersecurity Running Cable Cameras Maintenance Television Best Available Solid State Drive Human Resources Fax Server Access Data Breach User Error History Printer Education Transportation Bloatware Law Enforcement Printer Server App Social Media Storage Analytics Avoid Downtime Collaboration Robot Reputation Shortcut SaaS Tech Support Near Field Communication Benefits SharePoint Data storage WIndows 7 Distributed Denial of Service Business Management HaaS Internet Exlporer Shadow IT Branding Teamwork Google Drive Two-factor Authentication Managing Stress eWaste Colocation Antivirus Retail IT Technicians Marketing Excel Uninterrupted Power Supply Document Management IT consulting Meetings Applications hacker intranet Internet of Things Virtual Reality Save Time IT service Apple Laptop Saving Time Computer Accessories iPhone PowerPoint Buisness Trending Science Sports Entertainment HIPAA Domains Touchpad Regulations Customer Relationship Management Mouse Search Presentation Update Files Safety Reliable Computing Money