Facebook ‘Safety Checks’ sent to people far from Pakistan blast

People in United States reported getting notifications asking if they were OK

Facebook Safety Check, Lahore explosion
Facebook's Safety Check feature following the bombing in Lahore, Pakistan. (Retrieved March 27, 2016)

UNDATED (WFLA/WOOD) — Facebook turned on its “Safety Check” feature after an explosion in Lahore, Pakistan killed at least 65 and wounded more than 300, but the messages went to people both near and far away from the scene of the blast.

The explosion took place at a park on Easter Sunday. A breakaway faction of the militant Taliban group in Pakistan took responsibility. According to the Associated Press, a suicide bomber deliberately targeted a Christian community.

Facebook turned on the safety feature after the blast to help out people in the area to locate their friends and family. But soon it was clear that the messages went to people too far away from it. People in the United States and United Kingdom posted on social media that they had received alerts from Facebook asking if they were OK.

An alert from Facebook's Safety Check programming sent to someone in the United States. (Courtesy - March 27, 2016)
An alert from Facebook’s Safety Check sent to someone in the United States. (Courtesy)

Facebook representatives issued a statement to Gawker saying they are aware that the messaging safety feature was improperly sent. They didn’t specify what caused it.

This article originally appeared on WLFA.com.

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