Facebook Amber Alerts are coming to your Facebook news feed giving you the opportunity to possibly help a missing or abducted child. Facebook is partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to send information to millions of news feeds instantly in hopes to find missing or abducted children.
“This a game changer,” NCMEC founder John Walsh, host of CNN’s The Hunt, said in an interview. “Facebook is the 700-pound gorilla. It will put information about missing children into the hands of Facebook users immediately.”
Google has had a similar system in place since 2012 and sends alerts to Android user devices and iOS Google Search app users as well. Apple too has their own Amber Alert function built into all iPhones and it can be found in notifications, it is defaulted to the on position. The addition of Facebook to the alert system is a welcome one, the louder the voice the more likely more children will be found and saved. It’s good to see Facebook joining the efforts that both Google and Apple already have had in place for some time. Every one of these children needs the loudest voices out there and there’s nothing louder than social media.
Source: USA Today
The Amber Alert system, named for Amber Hagerman, 9, who was kidnapped 19 years ago while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then murdered, began in 1996 in the Dallas area when broadcasters teamed with local police to enlist the public’s help in finding abducted or missing children.