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Facebook’s Safety Check: Activated by People or Technology?

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During my lunch break today I received a notification about a friend that had been marked as safe following the 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile. At first I was a bit confused, as I had never seen such a notification before. Maybe I’ve missed it, as the feature apparently rolled out earlier and was already in use in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake in April.

The Safety Check feature that Facebook helps to see if friends in disaster areas are safe. But is it only based on people or also technology?