Facebook glitch sends Safety Check notice to people nowhere near Pakistan after explosion

On Sunday, many Facebook users received push notifications asking them to check in after an explosion in Lahore, Pakistan. The only problem? None of them live in Pakistan. 

Facebook’s Safety Check feature allows users in certain geographical areas to flag themselves as safe after a major event like an earthquake or terrorist attack, like the one in Brussels last week. Why is this happening? A Facebook spokesperson told Gawker: “We have activated Safety Check in Lahore. We apologize to anyone who mistakenly received a notification outside of Pakistan and are working to resolve the issue.”

We’ve reached out to Facebook and will update if and when we hear back. 

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William Turton

William Turton

Once named one of Forbes’ 20 Under 20 and hired as a staff writer for the Daily Dot when he was still a senior in high school, William Turton is a rising tech reporter focusing on information security, hacking culture, and politics. Since leaving the Daily Dot in April 2016, his work has appeared on Gizmodo, the Outline, and Vice News Tonight on HBO.