Facebook Apologizes For Its Goof-up; Accidently Sends Safety Checks Notifications To Other Areas


28 March, 2016, USA: The recent suicide blast at Gukshan-i-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday evening has shook the entire nation. According to the government report, till now, almost 72 people are killed and 300 are injured in a horrifying incident. The bomb blast that was triggered on the Easter eve was targeted towards Christian community.

However, in this crunch situation when the entire Pakistan nation is moaned, Facebook has added pain to its agony. The social media platform has accidentally sent ‘Safety Check’ notifications for the Lahore, Pakistan suicide bombing to people in other areas, including the United States and United Kingdom. This has clicked a panic button as the users who received these alert notifications have been asked with a query stating, “Have you been affected by the explosion?” This has confused the user as the notification didn’t reveal any detail of the explosion such as where it has happened and when it has happened?

However, later, company has rectified its error and corrected. In a post to its Disaster Response on Facebook page, the company said the errant notifications were caused by an error: “This kind of bug is counter to our intent. We worked quickly to resolve the issue and we apologize to anyone who mistakenly received the notification.”

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