One of Facebook’s most helpful features is getting revamped, the social media site confirmed. The Safety Check tool, first launched in 2014, will benefit from the addition of two new upgrades. Fundraising campaigns and status updates will make their debut as Facebook looks to improve this invaluable component of cyber security.
After averting a dangerous situation, users will now have the option of starting a fundraiser through the Safety Check Tool. The nature of the fundraiser is at the user’s discretion. You can start a fundraiser for yourself as you recover from trauma or injuries. Or the campaign can be used to raise funds for whatever horrific event, such as a natural disaster or mass shooting, has just taken place in your area.
This is nothing new for the social media giant. Just last month, Facebook members were able to donate money to the victims of the Manchester bombings. Donations were made through a Facebook live feed. Nearly half a million dollars was raised during that session. The only drawback is this Safety Check add-on is only available to U.S. members for now.
A further update has been made to enhance the rather simple Facebook feature. In addition to letting friends and family know that you are unharmed, you can attach a status to that designation. A quick description of your location and well-being can help ease everyone’s peace of mind. This element may also prove to be very helpful and informative for others engulfed in trying circumstances.
The Safety Check feature was first developed by Japanese engineers following an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Intended to come in handy during serious situations, the tool will prompt users in treacherous areas with a simple ‘I’m safe’ option. By clicking it, an individual can quickly alert loved ones that he/she is okay and in a safe location. According to a report, the Safety Check feature has been activated at least 600 times in the past two years.