Amber Alerts partners with Facebook

Amber Alerts

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has partnered with Facebook to help find missing children.

News Leader 9's Jenyne Donaldson has the details on the expanded Amber Alert System.

The idea behind the system expansion in Alabama is getting more people to help to find missing children faster and return them home safely.

The way it will work is very simple and easy. Police designate a search area and people in that area get an alert on their newsfeed on both mobile and desktop versions - much in the same way you get one on your smart phone now.

The alert includes a picture of the child, description, location where they were abducted and any other valuable information.

People will then be allowed to share the alert and link to the national center for missing and exploited children for up-to-date information. People already use Facebook to locate missing kids.

Just last year an 11-year-old girl was rescued in South Carolina after a hotel employee recognized the child after seeing her picture in an Amber Alert on Facebook.

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