Facebook Activates Safety Checks in Nigeria After Bombing Last Night

Go Facebook!

Facebook came under a lot of fire recently for implementing its ‘safety check’ feature for the Paris attacks and not other, non-Western countries, where terrorist attacks are regularly occurring. Mark Zuckerberg said the feature was only for natural disasters up until now, and that Facebook would include human disasters going forward – and it seems he’s keeping to his word. Today, there is a safety feature for those in Nigeria, where a bomb blast killed 32 people last night.

Related: Why Facebook Activated Safety Check for Paris and Not Lebanon

The bomb blast occurred in a market in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Yola. It killed 32 people and wounded 80 others, according to the local authorities and witnesses. No-one has claimed responsibility yet but it is suspected that the bomb was set off by militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which has been violently operating in the region for years.

Related: Madonna’s Touching Speech About the Paris Attacks

In a post on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg wrote:

Mark Zuckerberg post


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Three cheers for Facebook.

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