Facebook, on Wednesday February 08 2017 updated its safety check feature

Facebook, the popular social media platform on February 08th updated its Safety Check feature with a way for people to lend, or get, helping hands after disasters.

Facebook launched Safety Check in 2014 as a way for members of the social network to let family or friends easily see whether they are unharmed after disastrous events.

The new “Community help” feature provide a forum on facebook where assistance can be offered to victims of floods, earthquakes, fires or other kinds of natural or accidental tragedy, according to Facebook vice president of social good Naomi Gleit.

Community Help now lets people find, or give, assistance such as food, shelter or transportation in the aftermath of a crisis.

Safety Check is activated after Facebook receives alerts from global crisis reporting agencies and posts regarding the incidents spike at the social network. If an incident is a natural or accidental disaster, the Community Help tool will be triggered, Gleit said.

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