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DoJ applauds Facebook for rolling out Amber Alerts to news feeds

No. 1 social networking website Facebook is now introducing Amber Alerts to user news feeds.

Published Wed, Jan 14 2015 2:35 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:10 PM CST

Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have teamed up to bring Amber Alert messages to the No. 1 social networking website. The new alert system will post images to users in the same geographic targeted area, with users unable to opt out of the alerts - though they can be deleted.

DoJ applauds Facebook for rolling out Amber Alerts to news feeds | TweakTown.com

"These alerts, which include photographs and other details about the missing child, are shown on mobile and desktop," a Facebook press release states. "People can share the alert with friends and link directly to the National Center's missing child poster, which always has the most up-to-date information about the case."

Amber Alerts were created as a method for law enforcement, wireless carriers, transportation agencies and broadcasters to share data on missing children.

Not surprisingly, US officials are happy with Facebook's decision to introduce Amber Alerts: "I commend Facebook for taking this bold and important step to expand the reach of the critically important Amber Alerts," said Congressman Chaka Fattah (D - PA).

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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