Missing or abducted children could have a better chance of being found with the help of Facebook. Amber Alerts will be seen on users Facebook News Feed as the social platform giant becomes an official tool of finding missing children.
Facebook started on Tuesday a collaboration with the National Center for Missing Children in an attempt to improve the searches of children gone missing. Pop up alerts will show up on the news feed of users, according to their location. If a user is close to an area where a child went missing , that person will be alerted about it, said USA Today.
The Amber Alert System was first created in 1996 in Dallas and received its name after Amber Hagerman, a nine year old from Texas, who was kidnapped twenty years ago. When she had been taken Amber was ridding her bicycle. She was later found dead.
Ever since, the media and police have been working togheter and make the public collaborate in helping find missing children The safety and security of Facebook is under the lead of former FBI agent, Emily Vacher, who said that they will use the social platform to deliver pictures and information to help find abducted or missing children. Alerts will be delivered on an automatic system, so there wont be required for users to sign up for the program. This means that Facebook users who will see alerts on their new feed, would be in the hot spot of the searching and might be able to help. Alerts of this type could pop on the news feed of users located in the U.S., one or two times a year. Great things happen when people work together, and if the right information arrives at the right person at the right time chances increase, said the former FBI agent.
Facebook is an excellent choice for spreading information about missing individuals, and a lot people have been using the platform with this purpose In this manner Facebook will join the rest of the search tools, like television, radio, outdoor signs. Amber Alerts received on smarthphones and computers is an extra hope for the missing children.
According to the Office of Justice Programs, so far, since their release, alerts of this type have helped to save a number of 723 children.
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