Facebook apologises on signalling Safety Check of Lahore blast to users worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO: On Sunday, Facebook apologised for a virus that sent a Safety Check announcement to users around the world after the fatal suicide bombing in Lahore.

Facebook customers from Honolulu to Brussels and Cairo to Hong Kong were stumped by the warning.

Safety check is a feature that lets users sign to families that they are safe after an event in their area like a terror attack or natural disaster.

 We activated Safety Check today in Lahore, Pakistan, after a bombing that took place there. Unfortunately, many people not affected by the crisis received a notification asking if they were okay, Facebook said in a statement to AFP.

This kind of bug is counter to our intent. We worked quickly to resolve the issue and we apologise to anyone who mistakenly received the notification, the company posted online.

Some people remarked on social media that the Facebook error at least informed many people around the world of the attack who or else might not have heard about it.

A statement issued by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson calls for the perpetrators of this “appalling” terrorist act to be brought swiftly to justice, consistent with human rights obligations.

The UN chief underlined the need “to do utmost in putting in place protective measures to ensure the personal security of all individuals, including religious minority communities living in the country.”

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif also chaired a high level security meeting, Director General Inter Services Lt. General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted.

Among others, Director General (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), DG Military Intelligence attended the meeting.

Having evaluated initial information, COAS directed concerned commanders and intelligence agencies to commence operations as soon as possible to find linkages and perpetrators of Lahore suicide attack.

Death toll from high intensity suicide attack in Lahore has risen to 72 with 253 others injured.

A large number of heads of State and government have condemned the suicide blast in Lahore.