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Anxious French Rush To Israeli Tech To Check On Friends

Over 4 million people in Paris marked themselves as safe following Friday’s deadly terror attacks using Facebook’s made-in-Israel Safety Check app.

On November 14, the day of the Paris terror attack, Facebook Israel Country Manager Adi Soffer-Teeni and Director of Engineering Roi Tiger superimposed a French flag on their Facebook profile photos as did many other people.

For these executives, the gesture of solidarity was mixed with a more personal connection: It was at the Tel Aviv headquarters of Facebook Israel that the current version of Facebook Safety Check was developed.

In the wake of the Paris tragedy, some 4.1 million people checked in with friends and relatives using the Safety Check feature, and around 360 million people received automatic messages from friends in Paris who had marked themselves as “safe.”

Read the full story via Israel 21c here

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