Over a billion people now use Facebook on a daily basis, and that's just on their phone. That dominance is bringing in huge profits, but the site's popularity makes it an incredibly useful tool during emergencies. This is thanks to the company's Safety Check feature, which was launched to help help account for people during natural disasters but has since been used to mark people safe following attacks in Paris, Nice, the nightclub shooting in Orlando and other local tragedies.
After claims that Facebook was exerting too much influence over events deemed important enough to activate Safety Check, the social media giant has put some control in users' hands, but it wants to do more. Wired reports that the company is developing what it's calling a "crisis hub," a place that offers live information and media about natural disasters and other events where people can say that they're safe.