Facebook to send missing child alerts to all
Facebook are likely to introduce a dislike button, years after anyone actually had any interest in such a thing, and now, they're also looking at missing children.
The social network has said that they're going to start displaying photographs of children who have gone missing in people's news feeds. The pictures you will see, will be from those who are missing or at risk in your area. Facebook want to get people sharing information around their communities, to help the authorities.
FB have teamed up with Missing People, the National Crime Agency and Groupcall Limited to launch Child Rescue Alerts.
"More than half of the people in the UK use Facebook. All over the world, we’ve seen communities rallying together in times of need, using Facebook to spread the word – and these alerts will make that quicker and help to reach more people than ever before during these exceptionally stressful and worrying times," said Emily Vacher, trust and safety manager for Facebook.
"Working in partnership with several of the UK’s most critical support organisations, we hope we can enlist even more people to help reunite children with their families."
So, if the police or government put out an alert, and you're within the area of it, then an alert is going to show up as the second item in your Facebook news feed. If you haven't told Facebook where your location is, then Christ knows what you'll end up getting issued with. Either way, through the post, you'll be able to share information easily, and there'll be direct access to phone numbers if you have any information.
Now, we wait for someone to troll the crap out of it, and someone else to try and hack or hijack it, because this is the internet and that's what people do.