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  • Facebook is Adding AMBER Alerts to its Mobile App and Web Site


    On Tuesday, Facebook made the public announcement that it would start displaying AMBER alerts from both its mobile application and its Web site in collaboration with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    For those unfamiliar with them, AMBER alerts are alerts mainly designed for letting the public know about nearby child abductions, allowing Good Samaritans to keep their eyes out for anyone related to the abduction so that they can alert the local authorities.

    Facebook notes that the AMBER alerts would appear in the users' News Feeds and will include a photograph of the child, as well as any details relating to the abduction that might be useful for citizens to try and look out for. Since Facebook is a large social network, the Facebook also hopes that users will share these AMBER alerts all over Facebook to their friends and families for an even wider awareness of the missing child.

    Quote Originally Posted by Facebook
    Here’s how it works:

    When local or state police determine that a case qualifies for an AMBER Alert, the alert is issued by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and distributed through the Facebook system with any available information, including a photograph of the missing child, a license plate number, the name and description of the child and suspected abductor.

    Law enforcement determines the range of the target area for each alert. The number of alerts people will see depends on how many alerts are issued in their area — some people may see a few each year and many people will likely get no alerts at all. The alerts will appear in News Feed, but will not trigger any notifications to a person’s phone.

    With more than 725 children recovered as a direct result of AMBER Alerts since the program launched in 1996, we know the system works. We hope our new delivery mechanism will help increase that number and reunite even more families.
    It is worth noting that iOS already comes with a native feature for AMBER alerts that the user can switch on or off on demand. When switched to the on position, the AMBER alert not only displays on the user's iOS device(s), but it issues a push notification with a very bold notification sound.

    The feature will be rolling out very shortly to the Facebook services.

    Sources: Facebook
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Facebook is Adding AMBER Alerts to its Mobile App and Web Site started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Amber Alerts are idiotic. A year ago the entire West coast was alerted for one SoCal incident.
    1. Raptor2213's Avatar
      Raptor2213 -
      I'll file this under my stack of reasons why I'm still on FB version 12 or so. Along with the ability to use FB messages in the app.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Amber Alerts are idiotic. A year ago the entire West coast was alerted for one SoCal incident.
      Great, now everybody gets Amber Alerts, worldwide! /s


      Quote Originally Posted by Raptor2213 View Post
      I'll file this under my stack of reasons why I'm still on FB version 12 or so. Along with the ability to use FB messages in the app.
      I can send/receive messages on the latest FB app. Try doing your homework first.


      As for these alerts, does that mean we're gonna receive double alerts since iOS has native Amber Alerts??