Facebook Apologises After Lahore Blast due to bug in safety check featureof facebook. The bug sent a Safety Check notification to users around the world following the suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan.
Safety check is a feature of Facebook that lets users signal to friends that they are safe following an event in their area like a terror attack or natural disaster. This feature has to be activated for the users of that particular region where the incident occurs but this time Facebook users from Honolulu to Brussels and Cairo to Hong Kong were baffled by the notification, Following the Lahore blast. Unfortunately, many people not affected by the crisis received a notification asking if they were okay, Facebook said in a statement to AFP.
This kind of bug is counter to our intent. We worked quickly to resolve the issue and we apologise to anyone who mistakenly received the notification, the company posted online. At least 72 people were killed and hundreds injured, many of them children, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded park in Lahore.
However some people commented on social media that the Facebook malfunction at least informed many people around the world of the attack who otherwise might not have heard about it.