Facebook activates “SAFETY CHECK” feature in Nigeria following Yola bombing


Facebook is trying to contribute their ‘e-quota’ to safety management and responses during tragedies and, no thanks to the untamed bouts of insurgence in Nigeria, we’ve marked the rooster.

Facebook has activated its “Safety Check” feature for the first time in Nigeria, after a bombing likely carried out by Boko Haram killed more than 30 late on Tuesday, in Yola.

“We’ve activated Safety Check again after the bombing in Nigeria this evening,” co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on the site.

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The social network had come under criticism from those caught up in last Thursday’s blasts in Beirut that they were not offered the service but those in Friday’s Paris attacks were.

The tool allows users to check whether friends are safe after attacks or natural disasters such as earthquakes.

Zuckerberg said at the weekend the feature would be used more widely in the future.

Tuesday night’s bombing at a crowded lorry park in Yola, northeast Nigeria, was the first attack this month and left at least 32 dead and some 80 others injured.

The explosion was another typical hallmark of Boko Haram supposed Islamists, who have repeatedly hit civilian “soft targets” in their six years of insurgency.

About 17,000 people have been reportedly killed and also about 2.6 million citizens have been made homeless by the violence in that period, with suicide and bomb attacks an almost daily occurrence in the Northern Nigeria.

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