Facebook Switches On Safety Check In Nigeria After Yola Blast


Facebook has recently activated safety check following last week's bomb blast in Yola - the northern part of th country.

According to BBC reports, the social media site received a public backlash criticism for "activating the feature for the attack in Paris on Friday but not for the attack in Beirut the day before."

Prior to the Paris attack, this safety feature was only used in natural disaster. It allows people to inform their loved one that they are safe or in danger.

The system was first used earlier this year during the Nepal earthquake.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg announced the Yola Safety Check in a Facebook post but added "unfortunately, these kinds of events are all too common, so I won't post about all of them."

This is the third attack this year in Yola.

The suicide bomber targeted a busy vegetable market late on Tuesday as stall holders were closing up.

Boko Haram militants started attacks in Nigeria in 2009 in an attempt to create an Islamic state.


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