Facebook regrets insensitive quake balloons

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Facebook says that it “regrets” that the members on the posting of a deadly earthquake in Indonesia saw adorned their messages, with confetti and balloons.

On Sunday, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the island of Lombok, killing more than 130 people.

Many Indonesian speakers wrote messages with the word “selamat” which can mean “unharmed” or “congratulations” depending on the context.

But this animation of balloons and confetti thrown.

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Facebook said the feature was available globally. In the UK, it may be triggered by the publication of a status to say congratulations””.

But the social network, said news site Motherboard: “We regret that it seemed, in this unfortunate context, and since the feature is disabled locally.

“Our hearts are with the people affected by the earthquake.”
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The authorities say, more than 156,000 people have been displaced by the earthquake. Tens of thousands of houses have collapsed.