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Facebook turns on safety check for first time in U.S. after Orlando shooting

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Social networking giant Facebook activated its Safety Check feature in the U.S. for the first time on Sunday following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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A click or tap on the 'I'm Safe' button will let users to notify their dear ones if they are safe in any crisis or natural disa

sters. Users can also check to see whether their dear ones are safe too. The safety feature, first introduced in October 2014, also would allow searches for those who might be in the affected area.

A gunman killed at least 50 people, while 53 others were injured at Pulse, a popular gay night club, in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

The gunman, who was named as Omar Mateen of Afghan-origin, had taken hostages at the club. The 29 year old Mateen was a Florida resident and U.S. citizen and was killed later by the police.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on his official account stated, "Waking up this morning, I was horrified to hear about the shooting in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the LGBT community."

Facebook's Safety Check feature has now been deployed on several occasions including the terrorist attacks in Paris.

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