Facebook to Display Amber Alerts
Facebook today said it has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and will begin to push Amber alerts to users' Facebook news feeds. Facebook said it was inspired to create the service after an Amber alert posted to Facebook by a user resulted in the recovery of an abducted child. According to Facebook, the alerts will appear on both the desktop and mobile devices, though it won't push notifications or trigger alarms on lock screens. (Wireless network operators already send notifications to mobile devices.) Users will be able to share Amber alerts, as well as access the details on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's web site. The Amber alerts will be location-specific. The number of people alerted will depend on the size of the potential search area determined by the law enforcement agency involved. Facebook said some people may see a few Amber alerts per year, while others won't see any at all.
Facebook Live to Reach Android Phones This Week
Facebook today said it is expanded the availability of its Facebook Live video feature to people who use Android devices. Until now, the feature had been restricted to Apple iPhones.
Facebook Expands Live Video Streaming to More People
Facebook today said a small percentage of iPhone owners in the U.S. will be able to test streaming live video to their Facebook friends.
Facebook Expands Live Video to All US iPhone Owners
Facebook today increased the set of people able to make use of its live video feature to all iPhone owners in the U.S. Facebook first tested the service with celebrities and public figures before expanding to a small set of iPhone users back in December.
Facebook Debuts App Dedicated to Notifications
Facebook today announced Notify, an app meant to help deliver timely notifications about news, happenings, and goings-on directly to mobile devices. The app lets people follow what it calls "stations" across a broad range of categories, including sports, weather, trailers, news, and so on.
Can We Disable?
Is there a way to turn these off in Facebook so that way I am not bothered with it further. I know they claim that only users in potential search areas will be notified but lets be honest, if a kid goes missing from Los Angeles, everyone from Arizona to Mexico and Bakersfield south to the border will be notified thats a huge portion.