White Woman Marks Herself “Safe” On Facebook After Returning From The Bronx
Alexis Donaldson’s family and friends breathed a sigh of relief after she marked herself as “safe” on Facebook following a Saturday visit to the Bronx.
“I saw her post about visiting the Bronx Botanical Gardens and immediately got concerned,” said Patty Donaldson, Alexis’s mother. “I remembered something one of my friends told me about a real murder in the Bronx a few years ago. You just never know.”
The Facebook post received an outpouring of support from those close to Alexis, who added their own thoughts, including “Thank God!!”, “I was so worried,” and “This is why we don’t leave Manhattan!!”
“I didn’t even know that the safe feature existed when there wasn’t a natural disaster or terrorist attack,” said Alexis. “But, everyone has been really worried about be since that time in college when I got off the A train at the wrong stop.”
When reached for comment, a Facebook spokesman explained that its algorithm uses a person’s location data and friends list to determine when the “safe” feature is needed. “Given that 90% of Alexis’s Facebook friends are white, we feel that the algorithm did the right thing. We’d hate to have a repeat of the Becky fiasco when SWAT teams were sent to Flushing after she posted about going to explore that area’s Chinatown.”
Despite never being in danger and returning home safely, a GoFundMe opened in Alexis’s name has already raised $10,000.