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France attack: Facebook reunites mother with infant

By Ians English

Paris, July 15: Social media giant Facebook on Friday became a saviour for an eight-month-old boy who was separated from his mother in a stampede after a terrorist ploughed his truck through a crowd of thousands enjoying Bastille Day celebrations in Nice city, mowing down at least 84 people, injuring some 150.

Tiava Banner was separated from her eight-month-old son after the mayhem. She later posted on Facebook, appealing for anyone who had seen her son, The Mirror reported.

[Read more stories on Nice attack here]


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.

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 as 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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