Published On: Sat, Nov 14th, 2015

Facebook, Twitter Helps Paris Attack Victims Connect With Family, Friends With Tools

Social giants have activated their emergency tools to help victims of Paris attacks connect with their family and friends.

Facebook has come up with a tool known as “Safety Check.” The feature has started asking people in Paris’ attack areas to click on the safety button to let others know he or she is safe after the attacks in six locations that killed more than 150 innocent people.

Facebook, Twitter Helps Paris Attack Victims Connect With Family, Friends With Tools

The Safety Check was first launched on April 25 in 2014 after the massive earthquake in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. However, this is the first time the tool has been used for non-natural setting.

The social giant said the Safety check tool helps users in letting their near and dear ones to know they are safe after the attacks by Islamic extremists.

Twitter’s news-curation tab called “Moments” featured images, tweets and videos from news agencies and bystanders to reveal details about the attacks and its aftermath too. People also used hashtag #PorteOuverte to offer shelter to stranded visitors.

Similarly, Alphabet’s Google too has made international calls to France free over the weekend from its Hangouts mobile communication app. The service is made available on Android phones and Apple’s iPhones.

Apart from all these, earlier this year, both Facebook and Twitter introduced features to deliver news to users in real-time.

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- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade.

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