Paris Attacks Generate 4 Million ‘Safety Check’-Ins on Facebook

Notifications informed 360 million people on the safety of friends following coordinated siege of French capital on Friday

Approximately 4.1 million people “marked themselves safe” on Facebook after a series of terrorist attacks throughout Paris on Friday left at least 129 people dead.

Notifications went out to 360 million people, informing them that their friends were safe, after the social media platform enabled its “Safety Check” feature. The service enables users to mark themselves as safe should they find themselves in the affected area of a large-scale disaster, alerting their friends and followers.

In all, 78 million people have engaged in 183 million Facebook interactions related to the attacks since multiple explosions and shootings shook the city on Friday night.

Thousands were watching a soccer match at Stade de France outside Paris when several bombs detonated as part of coordinated attacks across the French capital. At around the same time, gunmen walked into the Bataclan concert hall while Southern California band Eagles of Death Metal were performing a show. Gunmen also embarked a shooting rampage in the 10th, 11th and 18th arrondissements of Paris.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Paris terror attacks, which in addition to the deaths have also left more than 350 injured.


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