Facebook To Put Amber Alerts in Newsfeeds

Facebook is going to put Amber Alerts in users' newsfeeds.

Just another reason I don't like or have much use for Facebook. Or Joe Biden, who got the Amber Alert bill passed without hearings by sneaking it into another crime bill against drugs.

Worst presidential nomination scenario: Hillary decides not to run and Joe Biden takes a shot.

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    what am I missing? (5.00 / 3) (#5)
    by thomas rogan on Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 07:23:49 AM EST
    The Rave Act had its problems, but what exactly is wrong with an Amber Alert in particular?

    You can opt out of seeing anything (none / 0) (#1)
    by Anne on Tue Jan 13, 2015 at 03:23:27 PM EST
    that posts to your newsfeed - you just have to  indicate that you don't want to see the current post, and tell FB to hide any others from that source.  Three clicks and it's over.  Doesn't seem too onerous.

    Wish it was that easy to stop the robocalls we keep getting...if it weren't for the bundling we have with phone, internet and satellite, we'd get rid of the landline.

    honestly (none / 0) (#2)
    by nyjets on Tue Jan 13, 2015 at 04:14:21 PM EST
    I don't use facebook because I value my privacy, however, I would not think amber alerts are that onerous period.

    Won't be as onerous (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by jbindc on Tue Jan 13, 2015 at 04:20:20 PM EST
    As all the stupid games that take you to another site where they sometimes want you to sign up for something - "What Disney princess are you?"  "What color is your aura?" etc.

    Honestly - I think it's much more important to get the word out about missing and abducted children than it is to see another cat video.  


    Agreed (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 09:54:05 AM EST
    less annoyng that beng asked for the umpteenth time to play some stupid game or take a quiz to find out what kind if tree I am.

    A couple weeks ago, my son-in-law (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Anne on Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 10:50:36 AM EST
    looked out the living room window and saw a horse trotting down the road.  A fairly busily-traveled road, I should mention.  In horse country, with lots of farms, but even so, a horse with no halter just trotting down the road is not a normal occurrence.

    After managing to corral the horse, he and my daughter got him into their fenced back yard.  They made a couple of phone calls, with no luck as to horse's owner, but also put something out on FaceBook.

    Facebook saved the day within a couple hours, and soon enough, the horse was liberated from the back yard and trailered home to the pasture he'd escaped from.

    People have found birth mothers who abandoned them in fast food restaurants, have helped people locate lost items, so why not take advantage of the vast network that FB has become to help find a lost/kidnapped child?

    The decision to use FB to post Amber Alerts actually came about as a result of a local case here in the Baltimore area:

    The high-profile disappearance last year of an 11-year-old Dundalk girl has inspired a new Facebook feature.


    The Dundalk girl was eventually found safe in a motel in Florence, S.C., about 36 hours after her disappearance in March, when the motel owner called police after recognizing her from a photo in a news story a friend had shared on Facebook. The girl was found with her father, who police say abducted her after killing her mother.

    "Seeing that really inspired us, and what we wanted to do was figure out a way to amplify what people were already doing," said Emily Vacher, Facebook's trust and safety manager, a former FBI agent who worked in Baltimore. "Here's a woman who was just in the community doing her job. She had her Facebook page up. Because someone chose to share an important piece of information, this child was brought home safely to her family."

    I don't have a problem with it; really don't understand why anyone would.


    Definitely possibilities for good (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 10:55:19 AM EST
    several thousand dollars have been raised for my uninsured friend who was struck down my a massive cerebral hemorrhage recently.

    I completely agree (none / 0) (#9)
    by jbindc on Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 11:23:19 AM EST
    I don't see why anyone has any problem with the whole concept of Amber Alerts (or Silver Alerts) to begin with.  

    Social media really can be a force for good, but just as we see in the discussion about civil rights - you must accept the bad that comes with it (i.e. stupid quizzes. Which, by the way, I took one titled something like "Which literary character are you?" and came up as Holden Caufield from Catcher in the Rye.)


    Worst presidential nomination scenario? (none / 0) (#4)
    by NYShooter on Tue Jan 13, 2015 at 06:57:11 PM EST
    "Joe Biden takes a shot"

    Joe Biden opens his mouth.

    "I do solemnly swear.....

    President-Elect, Mitt Romney,