Mark Zuckerberg responds to criticisms over Safety Check activation for France

Mark Zuckerberg

I’m pretty sure you have seen friends and many others condemn Facebook and its owner Mark Zuckerberg over the activation of safety check and the ability of individuals to temporarily change their profile pictures to mourn with France over the deadly attack it recorded over the weekend.

In as much as I have my opinion and believe no one has the right to decide what the other uses his/her profile picture for or who to mourn/celebrate with, the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has responded.

In a comment added to a status update, Mark said;

“Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places. Until yesterday, our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters. We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well. Here’s more detail on Safety Check and our policy for deploying it from the Facebook Safety page:

https://www.facebook.com/fbsafety/posts/930229667014872

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with questions and concerns about this. You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world. We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can.”

Alex Schultz, Facebook’s vice president of growth, explained in a separate post — referred to by Zuckerberg in his comment — that the company will activate Safety Check for “serious and tragic incidents in the future.”

Schultz also said that Facebook will explore providing options for users to “show support for other things that they care about through their Facebook profiles.”

Many criticized Facebook for not equally activating its Safety Check feature in Beirut, Lebanon, where two suicide bombers killed 43 people and wounded hundreds of others just two days earlier.


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