Facebook has issued an apology concerning the mistake that its Safety Check system made when it asked people whether they were caught in the Pakistan bomb attack.
The Sunday suicide at Lahore Park led to the death of over 70 people, children included.
The activation of Facebook’s Safety Check system is triggered by a tragedy and intends to inform your friends that you are safe.
The social network has said that it is a bug which made people who were far away from Pakistan to still get the warnings.
Police are still investigating the claim by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar that it carried out the attacks and claims that they were targeting the Christians who were in the Easter celebrations.
The purpose of the Safety Check system is to quickly let connected members in the social network, friends and families to inform each other that they are safe in case they get caught up in a natural disaster or attack.
In this happening, individuals got anxious after they received a simple message that just asked them a simple message “are you affected by the explosion?” it did not give any further explanation. Neither did it consider the closeness of the person to the potential threat.
Among those that got the mistaken message were in the US, India, Hawaii. Several of them shared the message images on the social networks.
Facebook said via a statement that it was unfortunate individuals who had not been caught up in the crisis got the notification that asked them whether they were okay.
“This kind of bug is counter to our intent,” it added. “We worked quickly to resolve the issue and we apologize to anyone who mistakenly received the notification.”
This problem is among the series of difficulties that the Safety Check system has faced in the recent times. Last year, facebook decided to employ the system more widely after critics were not happy with it being used only in large scale attacks like the Paris attacks.
The original purpose of Safety Check was to use it in natural disasters but was later on extended to include terror attacks after Paris.