Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature in the wake of a suspected terror attack in Sweden.
At least three people have been killed after a lorry drove into crowds in Drottninggatan, a shopping district in Stockholm.
The feature is designed to allow Facebook users in the area to quickly reassure friends and family members that they’re not in danger.
Today we announced the launch of Safety Check on Facebook.
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.
Safety Check is our way of helping our 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.
It’s meaningful to be in Tokyo to announce this because the great earthquake and tsunami a few years ago inspired us to build the first version of this for Japan. Now we’re glad to have this ready to serve everyone in the world.