Hurricane Matthew: Facebook Activates “Safety Check” in Haiti

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Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature for the first time in Haiti, after Hurricane Matthew lashed Haiti’s southwestern coast with deadly fury on Tuesday, wrecking homes and crops.

The feature allows people to use the social networking site or app to notify people that they are safe in the wake of a crisis or disaster. Users can check to see if friends are safe. When a person selects the option to say “I’m safe,” friends will be notified.

It’s the first time that the safety check feature has been activated in Haiti since it was launched in October 2014. Safety Check has been turned on for other incidents such as the series of terrorist attacks in Paris in November, Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines in 2014, and the Orlando Shooting in June 2016.

If you are in the affected areas, you can click on this link to let your friends and family know that you are safe.

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