Facebook Lite has welcomed a significant crisis response tool— Community Help. The app, which is designed for users in areas where internet connectivity is not on the fast lane, is now extending Community Help to more people in more than 100 countries, reports Bloomberg.
Community Help is a welcome addition to the lite version of the popular Facebook app, especially in this hurricane season. Community Help, which was previously only available to the main Facebook app, is designed to allow people access the platform in those areas with poor internet connectivity. Users of the app on Android will now have access to the feature in more 100 countries.
Users can access a dedicated page where information about recovery efforts can be exchanged with others—but this happens after a user has marked himself safe.
It is a brilliant idea for Facebook to add this feature to its lite app since the app has the ability to switch between 2G, 3G and LTE. As a matter of fact, the reason why the app was made in the first place is to serve the interest of those living and working in those areas where internet connection is erratic.
Following the killings of no fewer than 50 people in a gay night club in Orlando in 2016, Facebook activated its ‘Safety Check’ tool—making it the first time the service will be used in the U.S.
A gunman opened fire in what could be described as one of the bloodiest open gun fire in the US in recent times. 50 people lost their lives in the process, while more were immediately rushed to the hospital for injuries sustained in the attack, which was described by President Obama as an “act of terrorism.”
The tool allows Facebook users to confirm they are safe if they are near the scene where the shooting took place or another deadly situation. The tool was also activated by the social media behemoth after an extremist attack took place in Paris France. The tool was also activated in March 2016 after an overpass collapsed in India as well as in other similar situations before the Orlando massacre.
The Facebook Safety Check tool is a sort of “am alive” tool that enables you to alert your loved ones of your safety. It can be used by families and loved ones of those affected or near where the shooting took place to find out if you are safe.
This tool becomes inevitable considering the delay in identifying names of those who lost their lives in the shooting. Though, officials in Orlando are still working to identify the identity of victims of the massacre, anxious relatives would find the Facebook Safety Check tool very useful.