Who you "like" on Facebook could now help find a child - and maybe even save a life. The U.S. Department of Justice's Amber Alert program has extended its search for missing children to the Internet.
525 missing children nationwide are safe at home thanks to the program.. And it hopes to recover even more by tapping into the new media resource..
Facebook users are now able to sign up to receive Amber alert bulletins for their state.
The alerts will be sent through the Facebook "News Feed" feature.. When an update comes through, users can quickly tag their friends and get the information out- fast.
Keith Kameg the FDLE Office of Public Information says "You have people that use social media constantly they may not use your traditional media. It's not just message boards on the road it may be somebody sitting in a coffee shop that sees a car drive by. It may be someone leaving a class."
53 different pages were created for Facebook. One for each state, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.
Signing up for the alerts is very easy. If you have Facebook, log into your account and search "Amber Alert". You will see the logo and page that says government organization. Then scroll down the page and find your state and hit the "like" button at the top of the page. The program is up and running, so as soon as you sign up, you'll begin seeing the alerts.