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Facebook Safety Check tells friends you’re okay during natural disasters

Facebook is introducing a new Safety Check feature designed to help friends and family members check on loved ones during natural disasters. The tool works by triggering a push notification on devices that are near an affected area. Facebook determines location from cities listed in profiles, last location from the Nearby Friends feature, or the city you’re connecting and using the internet from. If a Facebook user is safe they simply hit the ‘I’m safe’ button and a notification and News Feed story will be generated automatically.

The Safety Check tool also combines all check-ins into a bookmark feature, allowing Facebook users to check an area to make sure friends are safe. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced the feature in Japan…

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