What happened now? Starting Wednesday, users’ Instagram feeds will begin showing amber alerts to notify them of missing children nearby. Posting notices on a popular social network should greatly expand their reach and help authorities find missing children.

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Amber alerts will start appearance in American Instagram feeds today. Over the next two weeks, they will arrive in 24 more countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Ecuador, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands. , New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

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Twitter doesn’t officially support Amber Alerts, but accounts often post them – a testament to the importance of social media in finding missing children today. Facebook has been supporting Amber Alerts since 2015, and Meta says they have since helped solve hundreds of child endangered cases around the world. Instagram users will be able to share the received amber alerts to spread them further.

Amber alerts are supposed to only reach users in a specific search area. Instagram determines this by checking the city each user lists on their profile, each device’s IP address, and any active location services.

Alerts contain important information such as a child’s photo, description, or last known location. The company developed this feature in partnership with groups including, but not limited to, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the US, the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Crime Agency in the UK, and the Attorney General’s Office in Mexico. and the Australian Federal Police.