Mark Zuckerberg received a ton of hate for enabling Facebook’s “Safety Check” feature for the Paris attacks and not for the ones in Syria or Beruit, Lebanon. Quickly remedying his mistake, the founder of the biggest social networking web site in the world shared an update on the usage of the feature.
“We’ve activated Safety Check again after the bombing in Nigeria this evening,” he wrote on his own Facebook page yesterday. “After the Paris attacks last week, we made the decision to use Safety Check for more tragic events like this going forward. We’re now working quickly to develop criteria for the new policy and determine when and how this service can be most useful.”
The 31-year-old went on to describe that despite the unfortunate frequency of these events, it is not possible for him to post about all of them. While it is true that “loss of human life anywhere is a tragedy,” he reminded everyone that in times like this, it is essential that we bear in mind some important facts: “Violence is actually at an all-time low in history and continues to decline,” and, “Deaths from war are lower than ever.” The soon-to-be father also requested people all over the world not to be put off or made pessimistic by “a small minority of extremists,” and that if everyone did their part, “one day there may no longer be attacks like this.”
People seemed to have got the message, as they left comments such as, “Great to remind people that the global trends are actually very positive… But 2 billion people rising out of poverty isn’t dramatic nightly news. I hope tools like Facebook can continue to bring the world together.” To this, Zuckerberg wisely replied that slow and steady progress isn’t as exciting, but is equally vital.