Facebook Apologizes After Sending Safety Check Notification to Some People Outside of Pakistan
Facebook said we apologize to anyone who mistakenly received a notification outside of Pakistan and are working to resolve the issue,” a Facebook rep told Gawker Sunday following an explosion in Lahore, Pakistan.
As it often does after natural or human-caused disasters, Facebook enabled its safety check feature so people who were near an explosion in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, could notify their friends and family that they were unharmed. But today, more than two years after the company launched the feature, people thousands of miles away from the horrific attacks received a push notification asking them if they were okay and whether they wanted to notify their friends on Facebook as such.
Facebook is still unclear about what caused the glitch but is working to determine why it happened. According to reports, a suicide bomber killed 65 people and injured more than 280 others, many of whom where woman and children.
“We have activated Safety Check in Lahore,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “We apologize to anyone who mistakenly received a notification outside of Pakistan and are working to resolve the issue.”
Several people in New York, the Bay Area and England tweeted screenshots of the notification, expressing their confusion over why they received it. However, not all users in these areas received the notification; the company is also still working to determine whether people outside of these areas received the notification.