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Instagram rolls out Amber Alerts, a feature that could save children’s lives

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Instagram has started rolling out a feature that has saved many lives over the years. In a blog postsocial media announced that it is launching so-called Amber Alerts on its platform, just like the original Amber Alert that has been used in the States since the 1990s.

This is a feature that, when activated by law enforcement, allows people to see and share reports of missing children in their area. Instagram uses several factors to determine who to send these alerts to, including the city listed on your profile, your IP address, and location services if they are enabled.

As the social media explained, when there is an active Amber Alert in your location, it will now appear directly in your feed on the platform. There you will find important details about the missing child, such as a photo, description, last known location and any other information that can help you find the child. You can also share the alert with your friends so that more people can learn about the missing child and join the search. Currently Instagram is rolling out the Amber Alert feature in 25 countries: USA, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Ecuador, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, UK and United Arab Emirates. While only the countries listed will have the feature at launch, the social media reported that they are working on expanding and bringing Amber Alerts to more places around the world.

In its blog post, Instagram shared that since 2015, when Facebook introduced Amber Alerts to its platform, the feature has helped hundreds of successful child endangerment cases in the US and around the world. Social media also reminded us that Amber Alerts are an important way for our communities to protect children.

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