Facebook’s ‘safety check’ feature is a handy, sobering tool that lets you check in if there’s a natural disaster or attack in your area to let family and friends know you’re alright, but users are reporting its algorithm is a bit wonky today.
An explosion at Lahore Park in Pakistan killed 50 and left many more injured. Unfortunately, Facebook is asking those nowhere near the event to check in.
Facebook has lost it, sorry, me. pic.twitter.com/HS55JZmS7I
— Becky Griffin (@dorothyofisrael) March 27, 2016
“This event was off the charts”
Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.
No, you were not the only one to get the Facebook safety check.
Yes, we should think how lucky we are that that message is irrelevant to us.
— Lauryn Bennett (@LaurynBennett) March 27, 2016
Yes me too https://t.co/YLz5IIbq55
— Kate Day (@kate_day) March 27, 2016
Pakistan da patlama mı olmuş facebook güvende misin diye soruyor ?
— Kübraalp (@kubraalp451) March 27, 2016
It’s not clear if this is a result of an algorithmic location-based anomaly, or if Facebook’s back-end just has things completely turned around. None of those users seem to be anywhere near Pakistan.
We just hope those users actually in Pakistan were able to check in and let loved ones know they are safe.