Facebook to start alert systems on a trial basis to track missing children
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The News Minute | January 14, 2015 | 11:10 am IST Facebook in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is planning to send "Amber Alerts" to its users in specific areas where a child has gone missing, to help find missing children. As soon as law enforcement issues an Amber Alert, Facebook then sends a targeted amber alert to the News Feed on your phone or computer along with detailed information from law enforcement, taking into account your proximity to the last seen area of the child. According to a report in ABC news, the alert may include any information that would aid the public in spotting a child. People will also be able to share the alert with their Facebook friends, in hopes of extending the reach. World News Videos | ABC World News Mark Zuckerburg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, in a post said that the company deeply cared about this cause. "Over the past few years, we've seen people using Facebook on their own to help find kids who have been abducted. This inspired a team of us here to build a better tool so you can use Facebook to help reunite families." he wrote. Post by Mark Zuckerberg. The report also adds that kids have already been found because of such efforts by the new system which is designed to enhance reach and efficiency through a social networking platform. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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