According to reports social networking giant Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) safety check for Bangkok, which the firm claimed was stimulated by a one-man protest near the prime minister’s office, aided blowout a fake rumor of a blast in the city.
The event is the latest example of the social media platform’s actions failing to distinguish between valid and invalid sources.
Meanwhile social network’s safety check tool, which makes users to mark themselves safe in the event of a disaster or crisis, was started in Bangkok on 26 December, quoting “media sources” as validation of a blast.
Furthermore A social networks spokesperson afterward shared local media reports of a man protesting on a roof, throwing “ping pong bombs” or “giant firecrackers” in the direction of Government House, where the prime minister works. In an incident no one was reported injured.
In the recent times Social networking site has confronted disapproval for allowing fake news to flourish.
According to Facebook, this triggered the Safety Check feature at about 21:00 local time which created a page titled “The Explosion in Bangkok, Thailand” and people started marking themselves as safe.
However this false safety check feature was later disabled.
At the time when Facebook first launched the safety feature tool in 2014, the company use to activate the feature manually. Butt in November, Facebook changed path and said it would now be activated “by our community”.
At the moment, a third-party source signals Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) when an incident occurs. The social platform then searches to see if users in the area are discussing the incident.
If sufficient users are replying on the incident, those in the area are invited to mark themselves as safe.