Facebook Introduces Safety Check Feature For Nepal Earthquake, Telecom Operators Slash Rates
Facebook has done its bit to ease worries by introducing a new feature that will help mark people safe after the Nepal earthquake. The new feature will help people get the status of their friends stuck in the affected areas.
As mentioned by Mark Zuckerberg on April 25, the new Facebook security feature was introduced to make families and friends know that their loved ones are safe.
He said, “When disasters happen, people need to know their loved ones are safe. It’s moments like this that being able to connect really matters. My thoughts are with everyone who’s been caught up in this tragedy.”
It’s easy to use, and you can even mark yourself safe using the tool. Once a friend marks himself safe, or he is marked safe by someone else, you will get notifications directly to your Facebook account.
Apart from Facebook, Google has its own person finder to mark a missing person list. Google deploys the tool every time there is a natural disaster. This time, the tool is found to be really effective. Around 4,900 records have been tracked.
While social media sites are keeping track of people stuck in affected zones, mobile operators are doing their bits by reducing call rates for outgoing calls to Nepal. While some operators are charging local rates for international Nepal calls, some have made those calls free after the earthquake.
Executive from Tata Teleservices Ltd mentioned, “…to support disaster relief measures, charges for all calls to Nepal on the Tata Docomo network are reduced to 1p/s between 26th to 28th April.”