Facebook apologizes for sending ‘safety check’ in wake of Pakistan bombing

In an effort to try out its latest tool, Facebook accidentally sent a safety check to all of its users following the bombings in Pakistan Sunday.

The Facebook Safety Check feature allows users who might be near a disaster a quick and simple way to let others know they are OK.

The system sent text messages to users asking, “Are you affected by the explosion?” Even if users lived nowhere near Lahore, Pakistan, where suicide bombers killed at least 60 people and wounded hundreds more.

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“We have activated Safety Check in Lahore,” Facebook told Gawker. “We apologize to anyone who mistakenly received a notification outside of Pakistan and are working to resolve the issue.”

Some users sent erroneous alerts shared them on Twitter.

“I am just 2140kms away from Lahore and quite safe,” Kushagra tweeted. “Don’t bother. Thanks for asking.”

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