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Facebook to Display Amber Alerts

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Jan 13, 2015, 8:14 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jan 13, 2015, 8:23 AM

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.


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Jan 13, 2015, 5:20 PM

Can We Disable?

I live in California - I see an Amber Alert at least every 3 weeks. It got to the point the last 2 years that I've become immune to them that they are no longer effective.

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.
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