Facebook apologises for Safety Check bug after Lahore attack


Facebook apologised on Monday after a bug turned its Safety Check feature into a breaking news alert for all users after a powerful blast ripped through a public park in Lahore.

The blast killed 69 people and injured over 250. Following the blast Facebook turned on their Safety Check feature to help loved ones to get in touch with those who were affected by the attack.

However, it is reported that people who were nowhere near Pakistan, and as far as South Africa, Nepal and Canada, received notifications.

“We activated Safety Check in Lahore, Pakistan, after a bombing took place there. Unfortunately, many people not affected by the crisis received a notification asking if they were okay. We worked to resolve the issue and we apologise to anyone who mistakenly received the notification,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.