Facebook – the social media giant – has finally followed on its promise to give Safety Check its own dedicated section in its web and mobile apps. The Safety Feature, which was launched in 2014, assists the users of the social media to connect in the event of a calamitous incident.
Facebook finally adds the Safety Check feature permanently
The users with the help of this feature can inform/notify their friends and family that “they are safe” if they are near any calamitous event. On Monday, August 21, the social media giant said, “There’s now a single place to go to see where Safety Check has recently been activated, get the information you need, and potentially be able to help affected areas.” The tech giant further added that it is gradually rolling it out the new feature over the coming weeks – starting now.
The new section is showing a list of several events, with the screenshot of the social media platform providing Safety Check links to everything from train accidents to earthquakes to terror attacks. The people will see a page showing major incidents happening or that happened worldwide as well as the latest activity by friends who have marked themselves as safe. You can tap those links for more information.
Further, you can see details as well on how many people have made donations to fundraisers and how many personal offers of help have been made. Since February, the users of the tech company have been able to provide help through Safety Check. You also have the opportunity to help with relevant support, like through clothing, food, cash as donation or temporary accommodation, if Safety Check activates close to your location.
Facebook facing competition from Snapchat ands Instagram
Teenagers, according to recent reports, do think that Snapchat as well as Instagram are way cooler than the social media giant. According to a study by eMarketer, monthly teen use of the social media giant in the UK and the US would decline faster this year than last year.
The monthly users, who are aged between 12 and 17 years will decline 3.4% to 14.5 million people in 2017, which will be an increasing decline from the 1.2% decline last year. According to eMarketer, it is the second year of teen use decline for the tech giant.
Oscar Orozco, eMarketer analyst said, “We see teens and tweens migrating to Snapchat and Instagram. Both platforms have found success with this demographic since they are more aligned with how they communicate — that is, using visual content. Outside of those who have already left, teens and tweens remaining on Facebook seem to be less engaged — logging in less frequently and spending less time on the platform.”