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Once again Facebook is in the news for a glitch in Safety Check. Facebook has apologised to its users in many countries for a bug that sent a Safety Check notification to the user asking if they were “affected” by the deadly Taliban bombing in Pakistan on Easter Sunday.

Users from places like Honolulu, Brussels, Cairo and Hong Kong were confused when they received the safety check notification. This notification functions as a way for users to signal their friends that they are safe in case of an event in their area like a terror attack or natural disaster.

Facebook in a statement to AFP said,“We activated Safety Check today in Lahore, Pakistan, after a bombing that took place there. Unfortunately, many people not affected by the crisis received a notification asking if they were okay.”

“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.

A suicide bomber blew himself at a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter yesterday, killing at least 65 people and injuring hundreds; many of them children.

This is one of the latest problems in a series that Safety Check feature has suffered. Last year, Facebook began to use the system more widely after being criticised about when it was employed.
Safety Check was originally developed for use after natural disasters but was expanded to include terror attacks after Paris.

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