Facebook’s Safety Check Got Fooled By An Old News Story That Was Recirculated [Update]

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Facebook is where a third of us get our news, and that puts the company in a particularly strange position. Generally, it means it can be first to any story, but citizen reporting can sacrifice speed for accuracy. Which happened this week in Bangkok, as old news was used as the basis for a Safety Check alert.

Today in Bangkok was an example, when reports of a protest, which featured a man was throwing large firecrackers at a government building, prompted residents to check in. Unfortunately, the first link was to the 2015 Erawan Shrine tragedy, a bombing that killed 20 and injured 125. The alert was up for an hour before being taken down.


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