People in Paris are letting friends and family know they are safe using a Facebook feature activated in times of disaster.

Facebook has activated its “Safety Check” feature that allows people in the area of any tragedy, such as a terrorist attack or earthquake, to mark themselves okay and give their loved ones some peace of mind.

Many people are using it in France this morning following a coordinated series of attacks last night that killed at least 120 people since horrifying attacks in Paris last Friday.

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Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg said he realised the need of this feature after the Japanese earthquake tsunami in 2011.

Over the last few years there have been many disasters and crises where people have turned to the Internet for help. Each time, we see people use Facebook to check on their loved ones and see if they’re safe. Connecting with people is always valuable, but these are the moments when it matters most.”
-Mark Zuckerberg

The ibjective of Safety Check is to help the community during natural disasters and gives you an easy and simple way to say you’re safe and check on all your friends and family in one place.

The first time there was widespread use of the feature was after the earthquake in Nepal this April.

See the Facebook Safety Check page here.

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