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Facebook now featuring Amber Alerts

by Jorge Hernandez on January 13, 2011

Facebook announced on Wednesday that it will now host Amber Alerts on its popular social networking website to aid in the search for missing children in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Facebook users all over the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, can now sign up to receive the alerts on their news feeds from the states and locations of their choices. Users can visit their state-specific pages and click the "like" button in order to begin receiving alerts.

Additionally, Facebook users can share the alerts with their friends. Advertising for the alerts is funded by donations on behalf of Facebook, the New York Times reports.

"Being able to immediately get those alerts on your phone, on your computer, wherever you're at, means that a child can come home alive," Colleen Nick of the Morgan Nick Foundation told the Los Angeles Times.

Nick, whose daughter Morgan has been missing since 1995, believes a program like Amber Alerts could have helped her had it been in place at the time, according to the news source.

According to The New York Times, the partnership between Facebook and Amber Alerts comes just in time for the 15th anniversary of Amber Hagerman's kidnapping and murder, an event which led to the creation of Amber Alerts.

According to Nick, approximately 2,000 children go missing every day in the United States, the Los Angeles Times reports.

So far, at least 525 missing children have been safely recovered thanks to the Amber Alert program, according to the New York Times.

Amber Alerts are notices from law enforcement officials that are distributed by volunteer organizations in cases of child abduction.

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