Ivory Coast attack: Facebook slammed for safety feature failure

By: GizBot Bureau

    In the latest controversy over the implementation of its Safety Check tool, users are questioning social media giant Facebook why it failed to turn on the feature after an attack in Côte d'Ivoire on March 14.

    Ivory Coast attack: Facebook slammed for safety feature failure

    Built in the wake of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, the Safety Check location tool allows users to "check-in" and assure their contacts that they are safe in a disaster area. Dozens of people were killed in two separate terror attacks on March 14.

    SEE ALSO: Meizu Pro 6 with 6GB RAM coming soon: 7 Leaked Features You need to Know

    While Turkey's capital Ankara was hit by a car explosion in which 37 people died, in Côte d'Ivoire, a gunmen killed 12 beachgoers in Grand Bassam -- a resort town near the country's capital city Abidjan.

    Although Facebook activated its Safety Check feature for users in Ankara, it did not activate the tool for people in Abidjan, Quartz reported. Users started questioning Facebook after company COO Sheryl Sandberg posted that the tool had been activated for people in Ankara.

    People asked whether the social media company turned on the feature for people stuck in Grand Bassam. Facebook, however, did not respond to questions regarding the non-activation of Safety Check feature in Côte d'Ivoire.

    Ivory Coast attack: Facebook slammed for safety feature failure

    This is not the first time the company has come under fire for their selective use of the Safety Check tool. Last November, the networking site activated the feature for attacks in Paris in which more than 130 people died, the first time it did so for a terrorist event.

    SEE ALSO: Weekly Round-Up: Top 10 Devices Launched in India

    But some questioned why the tool had been used for Paris and not Lebanon's capital city Beirut, which had been hit by suicide bombings the previous day that killed 43 people.

    Source IANS

    Read More About: facebook social media news

    Stay updated with latest technology news & gadget reviews - Gizbot

    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Gizbot sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Gizbot website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more