How Facebook Is Helping Victims of the Paris Attacks and Their Families

November 13th 2015

Nicole Charky

Facebook has enabled a safety tool to help people in Paris notify their friends and family that they are safe, following the deadly attacks across the city on Friday that have left more than 150 people dead, according to media reports.

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The social media site released the Facebook Safety Check tool to help people in the affected areas connect with their loved ones following the attacks.

Facebook Safety Check Paris Terror Attacks

The site is encouraging people who live in Paris or the surrounding area to notify people through the social network. Users can also mark friends or family as safe from outside the region.

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There are a reported six locations where attacks happened across the city, including at Bataclan concert hall where a hostage situation developed during a concert for American band Eagles of Death Metal and left at least 118 dead, according to Paris' Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman. A shooting outside that same concert hall killed at least 15 people. French security forces were deployed to the concert hall and killed two gunmen, the Associated Press reported.  

Another attack occurred outside Paris restaurant Petit Cambodge and killed at least 11 people. There are also reports of a suicide bombing outside a Paris bar. Information is developing about this incident. A suicide bombing also reportedly occurred outside a soccer stadium, where French president Francois Hollande was in attendance.

It is the deadliest violence France has seen in decades. It's unclear if the attacks are terrorism-related. France has closed its borders and enacted a state of emergency.

This story is still developing.

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