Upset over Facebook’s response to Paris, and disregard for terrorist attacks in Beirut, Kenya and other locations, has forced a change in the company’s policy. After Facebook turned on the Paris Security Check Friday, approximately four million people marked themselves as safe on the social networking site, sending notifications out to more than 350 million users.
In addition, the company implemented a tool allowing users to cover profile photos with the French flag. Others questioned why the show of solidarity wasn’t available for the Kenya attacks that killed 147 students, Boko Haram’s slaughter of 2,000 Nigerians, or the Beirut attacks which occurred a day before Paris.
Mark Zuckerberg announced an update to the Security Check tool last night writing, “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 Security Check for natural disasters. We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well.”
Zuckerberg included that Facebook cares about “all people equality” and is working hard to “help in as many of these situations as we can.”
Facebook introduced Safety Checks in 2011, following the Japan Tsunami. Before Paris, the tool has only been turned on four five other disasters including the catastrophic typhoon in the Philippines.