Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Facebook will start placing missing child alerts to your news feed

Facebook users will be seeing a lot of “Missing Child Alerts” on their news feeds through its new initiative to support to locate missing children across the globe.
Facebook has announced a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on Tuesday, to add AMBER Alerts on its users news feed, to inform people about kidnapped children whose at risk of serious harm.

Facebook will start placing Amber Alerts to users

The AMBER Alert feature was recently added by Facebook on special pages where you can report when a child goes missing, since January 2011 but the new system, Facebook is really making the world gets closer since the notification will automatically push to users who are near the search area.
These alerts, includes the missing child’s photograph(s) and other details about the, are shown on mobile and desktop.

AMBER Alerts will include photographs and details about the missing child. The alerts will appear both on desktop and mobile phones.

According to Emily Vacher – Trust and Safety Manager on Facebook, users who will be receiving AMBER Alert may get additional information by clicking learn more, and is in the position to be able to help by sharing it on their timelines.
"If you see an Amber Alert delivered, it means you are actually in a position to be able to help."
In addition to Facebook and cellphone alerts, AMBER Alerts may also interrupt Television shows and radio broadcasts and may take over highway signs. The program has been around since 1996 and has since been adopted by all 50 states.

Source: The Verge