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Technology Facebook extends 'Crisis Response' feature to WhatsApp, allowing users with poor connectivity to alert friends and family of a natural disaster or terrorist attack

09:25  07 december  2019
09:25  07 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Facebook has extended its Crisis Response tools to WhatsApp , allowing those with poor connectivity to alert friends and family of a natural disaster or terrorist Facebook unveiled the Crisis Response center in 2017, which was to help users during natural disasters and terror attacks .

For years, Facebook 's Crisis Response microsite has been ground zero for tools that help keep friends and families connected during crises such as floods, earthquakes and mass shootings. For example, the "Safety Check" tab lets users notify others that they are safe during or after catastrophes.

a close up of a computer: Facebook has extended its Crisis Response tools to WhatsApp, allowing those with poor connectivity alert friends and family about what's happening. Previously, users could only request or offer help during a disaster via Facebook and its Messenger app© Provided by Daily Mail Facebook has extended its Crisis Response tools to WhatsApp, allowing those with poor connectivity alert friends and family about what's happening. Previously, users could only request or offer help during a disaster via Facebook and its Messenger app

Facebook has extended its Crisis Response tools to WhatsApp, allowing those with poor connectivity to alert friends and family of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

Previously, users could only request or offer help during a disaster via Facebook and its Messenger app.

Also part of the rollout is an expansion of Facebook's disaster maps, which will be adding information about commute patterns and tourist populations.

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Facebook today announced a new site feature called Crisis Response , which will act as a central hub for all of the company’s safety-related tools. That primarily includes Safety Check, the feature that lets Facebook users tell friends and family members they’re safe during natural disasters , terrorist

For years, Facebook 's Crisis Response microsite has been ground zero for tools that help keep friends and families connected during crises such as floods, earthquakes and mass shootings. For example, the "Safety Check" tab lets users notify others that they are safe during or after catastrophes.

Facebook unveiled the Crisis Response center in 2017, which was to help users during natural disasters and terror attacks.

However, it is now making the feature more accessible by extending it to WhatsApp, which is widely used in countries like India and Brazil.

Emily Dalton Smith, Facebook's head of social impact product, told Mashable that adding this feature to WhatsApp will be beneficial for those living in certain areas, as it may be their only way to notify others of a natural disaster or terrorist threat.

Also lumped with this roll out is an expansion of Facebook's disaster maps, which will be adding information about commute patterns and tourist populations.

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Facebook 's emergency response features now include much more than just Safety Check. The social network introduced a new " Crisis Response " hub that helps Facebook users learn about natural disasters , terrorist attacks , and other events affecting people around the world.

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We have developed a number of crisis response tools, based on what we’ve learned from our community,' Mike Nowak, Facebook's product director of social good, said in a blog post announcing the Crisis Response center in 2017.

'When there is a crisis, people use Facebook to let their friends and family know they’re safe, learn and share more about what’s happening, and help communities recover.'

a screenshot of a cell phone: Facebook unveiled the Crisis Response center in 2017, which was to help users during natural disasters and terror attacks. However, it is now making the feature more accessible by extending it to WhatsApp, which is widely used in countries like India and Brazil© Provided by Daily Mail Facebook unveiled the Crisis Response center in 2017, which was to help users during natural disasters and terror attacks. However, it is now making the feature more accessible by extending it to WhatsApp, which is widely used in countries like India and Brazil

FACEBOOK'S CRISIS RESPONSE CENTER

Facebook is launching a Crisis Response hub with the following features:

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Facebook ’s first and most widely known feature in the Crisis Response area has been Safety Check. This was launched in 2014, but it was first widely deployed during the 2015 It gives users a quick and easy way to mark themselves alive and well in the midst of the chaos of an attack or natural disaster .

Disaster response is the second phase of the disaster management cycle. It consists of a number of elements, for example; warning/evacuation, search and rescue, providing immediate assistance

- Safety Check

- Community Help

- Fundraisers

- Links to articles, photos, and videos posted by the community

The Crisis Response hub is also accessible on the homepage from desktop and from the menu button on the Facebook app - and now in WhatsApp.

One of its main features is a Safety Check, which allows users to mark themselves as 'safe' during a crisis.

Despite its place in the new Crisis Response center, the tool work as it has been, appearing at the top of the page for those in the crisis area and sending notifications to friends when you mark yourself 'safe.'

Facebook introduced Safety Check in 2014 and deployed it for the first time in April 2015 after the Nepal earthquake.

Another pre-existing feature that will live in the new hub is Community Help, where people can ask for or give assistance to the affected area.

With the feature - which was introduced in November 2016 at the firm's Social Good Forum - users can put out a request for assistance or offer food, temporary shelter, and transportation.

Facebook has also included another tool, Fundraisers, in the Crisis Response center.

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Facebook Safety Check (sometimes called Facebook Crisis Response ) is a feature managed by the social networking company Facebook . The feature is activated by the company during natural or man-made disasters and terror-related incidents to quickly determine whether people in the affected

When natural disaster hits, such as an earthquake in Japan or typhoon in the Philippines, it lets Facebook users quickly alert family and friends that they are If Facebook designates a particular geographical area as a crisis zone, it will activate this tool for users it believes are in the area.

It's meant to be an easy way to let people raise money to be donated to the nonprofits working with relief efforts.

As Facebook has increasingly come into its role as a world connector that can have tremendous impact in disasters, it has become more involved with fundraising in the wake of them.

After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Facebook raised $9 million from users and also donated $1 million from the company.

Another new feature in the Crisis Response hub includes a tab for crisis-related news, videos, and photos for public posts, meant to inform users about the event.

'When people receive Safety Check notifications or learn that a crisis has happened, they may not know much about the incident and want to learn more,' Nowak said.

'Starting today, we will begin to include links to articles, photos, and videos from public posts so people have access to more information about a crisis in one place.'

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