As Nepal reels from the devastating effects of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit on Saturday, those with loved ones in the area are faced with the daunting challenge of ascertaining whether their friends and family are all right. However, Facebook has a potential solution. The social media platform recently launched its Safety Check application, which helps its users check up on friends and family in disaster areas.
The concept is simple: When a user logs on to Facebook, the site attempts to determine his or her location. If it is concluded to be an area affected by a disaster, the site will ask the user to confirm that he or she is safe. Site users will be notified when their friends check in as ‘safe.’