Safety Check automatically sends Facebook users in an affected area a note asking if they're safe

For the first time since it was introduced in October 2014, Facebook has activated its safety check function after a gunman massacred 50 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The Safety Check allows Facebook users to spread the word that they are safe during the aftermath of a natural disaster or a crisis and allow searches to continue for those who might be in the affected area.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented that “Waking up this morning, I was horrified to hear about the shooting in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the LGBT community.”

 

There were about 350 people inside the club Pulse (pictured) at the time of the shootings and about 100 people were taken hostage. At around 5am authorities sent in a SWAT team to rescue the hostages

A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in recent US history. The shooter, who was identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Florida resident, was killed by police at the Pulse nightclub.

Facebook turns on its Safety Check feature (pictured) following the devastating mass shooting in Orlando, marking the first time the tool was ever used in the US

The incident quickly became a top trending topic on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #PrayforOrlando becoming one of the top posts throughout the day.

 
 
 
 

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