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Nice attack: Facebook helps reunite mother with 8-month-old

world Updated: Jul 15, 2016 17:41 IST

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Forensic officers stands near a truck with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that ploughed through a crowd of revellers who had gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday.(AP Photo)

Facebook on Friday became a saviour for an eight-month-old boy who was separated from his mother after a truck ploughed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice on Thursday, leaving at least 84 dead and scores injured.

Tiava Banner, who was separated from her baby after the mayhem, posted on Facebook, appealing to anyone who had seen her son, The Mirror reported.

Posting a picture of the infant, she wrote: “We have lost BB 8 months. Nice friends if you’ve seen him if you were there if you have collected please contact me!!!!!” The post was shared more than 21,000 times.

She later updated her Facebook appeal to reveal she had been reunited with the child.

After the news broke, photographs of men, women and children were uploaded on Twitter and Facebook with messages from loved ones.

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Earlier in the day, Facebook turned on its Safety Check feature after news of the attack broke. According to CNET, it is the third time in nearly a month that the social networking giant has activated the tool.

The feature allows people to notify their friends if they are in the affected area and mark themselves safe.

The feature was activated in early June after the deadly attack on a Florida night club that claimed the lives of 49 people.

Less than two weeks later, Facebook activated the Safety Check feature for users after a suicide attack that killed 45 people at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.

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