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Facebook sets up safety check for Paris friends

/ 09:09 AM November 14, 2015
Parenting-Teen Social Media

This Feb. 19, 2014 file photo shows the Facebook app icons on an iPhone in New York. AP File Photo

SAN FRANCISCO, United States—Facebook launched a check-in feature to let people know that friends in Paris were safe after a series of bombings and shootings in the French capital killed at least 120 people on Friday.

READ: Around 100 dead in attack on Paris concert venue—police

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The “Paris Terror Attacks” safety check let people signal whether they were out of harm’s way, then notified all those they know at the leading social network.

“Quickly find and connect with friends in the area,” a message at the Facebook Safety Check page read. “Mark them safe if you know they’re OK.”

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The feature also allowed people to check which friends listed as being in Paris had not yet checked in as safe.

The death toll in the “unprecedented” series of attacks across Paris climbed through the night Friday.

READ: France declares state of emergency after terror attacks

Police said around 100 people were killed at the Bataclan music venue in eastern Paris alone, where one witness said an attacker yelled “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).

TOPICS: Attacks, Facebook, France, Internet, IT, US
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