AMBER alerts is a national alert system, broadcasting missing children information on television, radio, and now on Facebook News feeds. AMBER Alerts that will show up on Facebook are based on local results. So if an abduction of a child happens in your local area, your news feed will include a photograph of the missing child, along with any important information needed to locate the missing child. Once the AMBER alert is posted, you can choose to share it with others allowing the possibility of locating the missing child.
Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have announced their partnership so that the Facebook community can have an active role in helping to locate missing children. Based on past experiences, the chances of finding a missing child increases when more people are on the lookout, especially during those critical hours.
The number of alerts people see will depend on how many incidences happen. Some may see quite a few alerts on their news feeds, and some may not ever see one. While the AMBER alerts show up on your news feed, it will not trigger any special notification.
Since the program commenced in 1996, many children have been recovered as a direct result of AMBER Alerts. Now with the aid of Facebook, the idea is that many more children will be reunited with their families. The AMBER Alert will show up on desktop, Android and iOS platforms beginning today. Hopefully other social media will follow Facebook’s lead.
Source – Facebook Newsroom
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