Facebook has activated Sunday feature “Safety Check” for the first time in the United States after a gunman killed 50 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The function was first introduced in October 2014 and allows users of social network Facebook to confirm that relatives are safe after a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, but also looking for those who might be in the affected area.
“When I woke up this morning, I was horrified to hear about the armed attack in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers turn to the victims, their families and the LGBT community,” said chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, on its official account.
The attack quickly became one of the main topics on Facebook and Twitter and the hashtag #PrayforOrlando one of the most popular throughout the day.
Witnesses to the attack of Pulse club in Orlando told that the gunman entered the club and began shooting at random people. At first, no one realized that it is an armed attack, believing that they heard noises were part of the show. Omar Mateen, aged 29, is the name of the man who killed 50 people and injured 53 others in the bloodiest armed attack in US history.
The terrorist organization Islamic State claimed responsibility via a television own. Also, US authorities said Mateen Omar called the police during the attack to declare loyalty to the terrorist group, but the link has not been confirmed.
“It announced that Mateen called 911 who said that is loyal to the leader of the Islamic State. Investigate any possible connection, both at home and abroad, “said Ron Hopper, FBI agent.
Omar Mateen was carrying an assault rifle and a pistol, legally bought the other day.
Last year, Facebook has promised to work more often function “Safety Check” during disasters, in response to criticism that argued that the social network was enabled after the attacks of 13 November in Paris, but not a day earlier, when a bomb killed at least 43 people in Beirut