Target: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
Goal: Activate Facebook’s Safety Check feature for all human disasters.
After Friday’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, Facebook activated its “Safety Check” feature, and over 4 million people used the tool to notify their family and friends that they were safe. But, what about Friday’s bombings in Beirut? Facebook did not activate Safety Check in Lebanon. Are lives in one city more important than lives in another?
Alex Schultz, Facebook’s VP, stated that the company, “…chose to activate Safety Check in Paris because we observed a lot of activity on Facebook as the events were unfolding.” This is understandable but, according to CNN, one Facebook user confirmed that, “many Lebanese live abroad and would have appreciated such feature to check on their families and friends’ safety.” This is also an understandable concern.
Zuckerberg says the Safety Check will be used for all human disasters now but let’s make certain he sticks to this. Demand that Facebook utilize its Safety Check for all human disasters.
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
Facebook activated its Safety Check tool after the Paris terrorist attacks. However, it did not activate the same feature after the Beirut bombings on the same day. Facebook has a Lebanese presence, and those people needed to know that their family and friends were safe as much as the people who had loved ones in Paris did.
You have stated that Facebook will activate its Safety Check for all human disasters moving forward, and I am writing to ensure that this happens. No life is less important than another one is, and Facebook had as much of a responsibility to its Lebanese users as it did to its French users on this day. You should have activated Safety Check for both nations. Please activate it during similar disasters in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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