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AMBER Alert awareness day: How you can help on Facebook

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(Read caption) With AMBER Alert awareness day today, Facebook will soon broadcast Amber Alert messages.

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AMBER Alert – an emergency bulletin service created in 1996, in the wake of the murder of a 9-year-old named Amber Hagerman – will soon be broadcast via Facebook, making it easier for Facebook users to receive information and updates about abductions in their area. According to PC World, the functionality is the result of a partnership between the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Facebook.

The rollout of the Facebook AMBER Alert functionality coincides with AMBER Alert awareness day, which was celebrated today.

AMBER Alert messages are already broadcast via SMS text message and on LED billboards; there is also an AMBER Alert Twitter page. But Facebook is better suited than Twitter to law enforcement needs: The social network has upward of 500 million members across the globe, and draws more eyeballs than even the Google landing page.

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