Nairobi News

NewsWhat's Hot

Facebook founder responds to Kenyans on claims of terror attacks bias

By HILARY KIMIYU November 16th, 2015 1 min read

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg finally responded to criticism of favouritism from Kenyans in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

Facebook had on Saturday morning enabled a ‘Safety Check’ feature that allowed users to connect with friends and loved ones during a disaster. It had also enabled users to overlay their profile photos with the blue, white and red French flag.

Kenyans online blasted Facebook for double standards, most wondering why the ‘Safety Check’ feature has never been enabled during other tragedies.

Specifically, Kenyans questioned why the feature was not enabled during the bloody terror attack at Garissa University college in which 147 students died. They also cited last week’s terror attack in Beirut, Lebanon.

Mark Zuckerberg wrote; “…people are also asking why we turned on Safety Check in Paris and not other parts of the world, where violence is more common and terrible things happen with distressing frequency. Thursday’s tragedy in Beirut is one recent example.”

“There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris.

‘This activation will change our policy around Safety Check and when we activate it for other serious and tragic incidents in the future. We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help.”