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Facebook introduces Amber Alerts

Facebook introduces Amber Alerts

Facebook is introducing Amber Alerts to its mobile and desktop platform, the social network announced on Tuesday.

Amber Alerts, a broadcast emergency response sent out by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, are traditionally delivered by radio stations, television stations, cable TV and as text-based notifications to cellphones in targeted areas. Facebook’s partnership with the center won’t replace this; instead, it will be another way for the alerts to reach people.

Similar to the text-based Amber Alerts, a Facebook alert will include any available information, such as a description of the missing child and suspected abductor and a license plate number....