With all benefits Facebook is providing to worlds, their are some defect that the Tech giant need to over come. Generally speaking technology has simplified our life and remove distances in communication, but every benefit comes from a cost. A news reported today of Facebook, activated its Safety Check feature but falsely suggested that there was an explosion in Bangkok, Thailand.
This all scene cause the resident of Bangkok residants panic, the residents who were asked to mark themselves as safe but had no clue to the whereabouts of this disturbance. User in Thailand city saw an alert to mark themselves safe same like activated after some natural disaster or bombing incident, but saw little details about when or where in Bangkok the “explosion” occurred. Safety Check came on at around 9PM local time and was deactivated about an hour later. News that “reported” the explosion linked back to an outdated story on Bangkok Informer about the 2015 Erawan Shrine bombing.
Soon after this news went viral Facebook statement comes out blaming fake news flooding on their pages that cause the safety check to activate;
“Safety Check was activated today in Thailand following an explosion. As with all Safety Check activation’s, Facebook relies on a trusted third party to first confirm the incident and then on the community to use the tool and share with friends and family.”
According to BBC report, an incident occurred in the nation’s capital where a man threw ping pong-sized firecrackers that resembled explosives at a government building. Facebook claims this separate incident prompted Safety Check to turn on.
Facebook is looking into how these unrelated links were added to today’s Safety Check page.
November, Facebook announced that its Safety Check feature is activated by an algorithm that looks at trending posts by users in an area and give them an option to enable the safety check. Peter Cottle, a Facebook engineer who helped create Safety Check, about the possibility of false positives. Cottle more told that the algorithm uses third-party enterprise software to fact check the event before turning Safety Check on. Facebook activated the safety check feature many times in Pakistan after natural disaster and bombing incident that really helps the family members to confirm their love once are safe in effected ares.