- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Facebook users will soon be getting Amber Alerts when they log on, thanks to a new deal between the company and the Justice Department to broaden the warnings for missing children.

“Protecting the well-being of our young people is a responsibility that falls to every American,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “Each of us can help by paying close attention to alerts that come in — and by making sure you are plugged into the Amber Alert network via social media.”

The alerts will go out to users that are in the geographical area of where the child was reported missing. Online search engine Bing will also allow users to access Amber Alerts more easily through online broadcast tools.

Mr. Holder said that since its inception in 1996, the Amber Alert system has helped return more than 700 abducted children.

“The more vigilant citizens we have on the look-out, the better our chances of a quick recovery,” he said.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide