Facebook has rolled out a new feature that enables people to check if their loved ones are safe during natural disasters.
The built-in tool will be activated after a natural disaster like earthquake or tsunami hits, asking users in the affected area if they’re safe.
If they click “I’m Safe”, a notification and News Feed story will be generated in their feed.
"Unfortunately, these kinds of disasters happen all too frequently. Each time, we see people, relief organizations and first responders turn to Facebook in the aftermath of a major natural disaster," Facebook said in a statement.
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The European Union has given clearance to Facebook's proposed $19bn (£11.8 billion) bid to takeover mobile messaging app WhatsApp.
The landmark deal is the largest in Facebook's 10-year history and will give it a strong foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market, Reuters have reported.
The European Commission said the Facebook-WhatsApp deal would not hurt competition in the lucrative European mobile communications market.
"We have carefully reviewed this proposed acquisition and come to the conclusion that it would not hamper competition in this dynamic and growing market. Consumers will continue to have a wide choice of consumer communications apps," European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.
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Facebook's $19 billion offer to but WhatsApp will be unconditionally approved by European Union antitrust regulators, two people familiar with the matter have told Reuters.
The landmark deal, the largest in Facebook's 10-year history, will give the company a strong foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market and pit it against telecoms companies.
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Facebook tonight apologised after the site went down again for the third time in three months.
In a statement it said: "Earlier today we encountered an error while making an infrastructure configuration change that briefly made it difficult for people to access Facebook.
"We immediately discovered the issue and fixed it, and everyone should now be able to connect.
"We apologise for the inconvenience and will thoroughly investigate this issue so we can learn from it and ensure that Facebook is there when people need it."
Social media site Facebook is back online after a third outage in the last three months. The last time the service was interrupted briefly came on August 1.