Discuss: Facebook Safety Check

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March 24, 2016 at 05:46:28
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Facebook activated its "Safety Check" feature for Brussels after the latest terrorist attack. Discuss here what you think of this feature, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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March 24, 2016 at 10:51:39
Just in case anyone is wondering what the Facebook Safety Check feature is all about, look HERE

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March 24, 2016 at 12:00:16
I don't understand the last paragraph. I don't use Facebook, so maybe that's why I don't understand this:

Reception of deployment for May 2015 Nepal earthquake

After the May 2015 Nepal earthquake, BuzzFeed reported that many users 
outside the geographical area affected by the earthquake were marking 
themselves as safe using the tool, and that this was angering other users 
who thought they were being insensitive to the toll and tragedy of the event.
The story was picked up by other publications including the Huffington Post 
and fact-checking website Snopes, which noted that this was due to a bug 
in Facebook leading it to prompt people outside the affected area to 
confirm whether they are safe.

If a bug was causing people outside of the affected area to confirm that they were safe, does that mean that every single Facebook user was asked to confirm their safety? Did the bug somehow only affect a certain percentage of those "outside the affected area" or was every Facebook user prompted?

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March 27, 2016 at 12:18:57

It most likely was an error in geolocation. Since most computers (laptops and desktops) don't have GPS capabilities, they're location has to be estimated based on the IP address they're using. Smartphones don't have this limitation, but GPS isn't always enabled (or reliable) if the user is in a building.

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March 28, 2016 at 09:23:25
I guess I can see it as an interesting tool. I personally don't have anything on(by choice, i am sure we are all tracked in someway.)aside from 911 location service.

In my honest option, when there is something terrible going on any information you can get is a good thing as long as its reliable. I imagine that such a service is only partially reliable.


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March 30, 2016 at 19:56:59
Pretty balanced set of "for, against and I dunno" votes.

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