Did you get a Facebook Safety Check this morning? Facebook has apologized for sending out its Safety Check message out in error all over the world after the suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan.
The Facebook Safety Check tool is designed to be sent automatically to users in an area affected by a disaster like the Lahore bombing. The alert reads, "Are you OK? It looks like you're in the area affected by The Explosion in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Lahore, Pakistan. Let friends know that you're safe." The message prompts users to, "Reply SAFE if you're ok or OUT if you aren't in the area."
The most recent reports on the Lahore, Pakistan bombing put the toll at 65 dead and approximately 330 people injured. The death toll was confirmed by Salman Rafique, Adviser to the Pakistani Chief Minister on Health Affairs, according to reports in SAMAA TV, a Pakistani news channel. A suicide bomber detonated his charge in the middle of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, a public park in Lahore, Pakistan. The park was crowded with families celebrating the holidays and the suicide bomber reportedly set off the charge near a play area with swings. Many children are among the victims. With many of the wounded in critical condition, it is expected that the number of dead may rise. Authorities expect to be able to identify the suspected bomber.
Metro UK reported that users as far away from Lahore, Pakistan as the United States and the U.K. received the Facebook Safety Check message. It wasn't long before people starting taking to the Internet to let Facebook know about its mistake.