Facebook brings Amber Alerts to news feeds to boost child safety

amberThe world’s largest social network is integrating Amber Alerts into its platform, giving the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) a direct way to reach people who could help find the abducted children, Facebook announced on Tuesday.

Through the new arrangement, NCMEC will be able to post Amber Alerts in the news feeds of Facebook users who are within range of a search area. The alerts will include key information on the missing children, including photographs and physical descriptions, as well as descriptions of the alleged abductors.

“Law enforcement determines the range of the target area for each alert,” Facebook Trust and Safety Manager Emily Vacher wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.  More