Facebook introduces tool for survivors to alert families of their safety, now it's being abused by tools.
Not a comedy device.
In the days following the Nepal earthquakes that have killed thousands and impacted thousands more, Facebook introduced a feature that would let users tell their familiesand friends they are safe with one Facebook alert. This feature is available to all Facebook users, including that dude at work who has all the Family Guy toys on his desk.
Even destruction porno fans of the Fallout fan community know this is in poor taste.
Naturally, the strong user base of tacky people on Facebook thought it would be a fun goof to let their friends and family know they are safe from a natural disaster thousands of frequent flier miles away. Buzzfeed has a collection of outrage posts from across the internet protesting this poor taste:
Do people think it's funny to mark themselves safe from the Nepal Earthquake on Facebook? Probably the least funny thing I've seen all year
— |Purple Haze| (@alihazee) May 12, 2015
Happily "unfriended" so many people for tagging themselves as "safe" using Facebooks Nepal Earthquake Safety Check. It is NOT a joke/trendy.
— Rebecca Muir ☮ (@RebeccaMuir_) May 12, 2015
Find it sick that people are doing the safety check thing on Facebook for the Nepal earthquakes. You aren't in the area and people are dying
— Liam McClean (@CharlieMcClean) May 12, 2015
The upside to these public displays of ghoulishness is that you finally take the time to trim some of those weirdos out of your friends list