Facebook pushes Amber Alerts

Facebook pushes Amber Alerts

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tuesday Facebook launched a new push, they now will be able to send out Amber Alerts to its users.

Facebook is known to be one of the most popular social media websites. And this week they partnered up with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children to push Amber Alert notifications to over their 180 million U.S. users.

"I think time is very important. I think the quicker the amber alert gets out there to everybody the child may be found," Albany resident and grandmother Diana Price said.

Facebook user and father of two, William Leveston, believes it's a tool that can help save lives.

"You know as a parent you do everything you can to make sure you know where your children are at at all times," Leveston said. "Things do happen."

The notification will pop up on your news feed only if you are in an area where the child was abducted. This will not a ding on your phone.

"We have children that go missing here and we get on it as soon as possible," Albany Police information officer Phyllis Banks said. "So that's a way we can get a lot more people looking for that missing child."

The Amber Alert system already posts information on highway signs, TV and even alerts you on your cell phone but it's the first time it's been brought to Facebook.

"We're not reading the newspaper and stuff about missing children as much as we use a lot of the social media to find out what is going on in today's world," Leveston continued.

The post will display a photo, background information where the child was last seen,what they were wearing or any other information that can assist. The goal is to get as many eyes on it as possible.

"I've got three and 10 grand-babies and I don't want them missing either," Price added.

Parents hope it will increase the chances of bringing a child home.

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