Wednesday, 17 October, 2018


President Trump's emergency text message test sparks hilarious reactions on Twitter

You’re going to get a Presidential Alert Wednesday, but it’s not from the president | The State Wireless phone users can't block Trump administration 'Presidential Alert' test message
Melba Vasquez | 05 October, 2018, 04:42

FEMA said the EAS test will begin at 2:20 p.m. Any cellphone that is on, in range of a cell tower, and whose provider participates in the system should be capable of receiving these alerts. "No action is needed", the message read. The test is made available to EAS participants, officials said.

So, to be clear, it's the testing of an alert system, not a way for Trump to forcibly text you his thoughts.

A trio of New Yorkers filed a lawsuit in federal court last month to halt the nationwide test. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the "Presidential Alert" message is a test of a new alert system for national emergencies, reports Reuters.

The WEA alert text is a little different from conventional text.

Despite its name, the presidential alert was not issued by Trump directly.

Some users expressed relief that they did not receive an alert to their mobile device, while some voiced concern that they might not be alerted in the case of a real emergency.

Americans went nuts on Wednesday when they received a startling message on their phones titled "Presidential Alert".

The WEA message will read: "Presidential Alert".

FEMA officials have said the Hawaii incident played no role in the scheduling of Wednesday's test.

In this photo illustration, a phone displays an emergency alert message on October 3, 2018.

FEMA officials said the administration can only send such an alert for national emergencies or if the public were in peril, rules outlined in a 2006 law, and they say it can't be used for any sort of personal message from the president.

"Just got the presidential alert message", tweeted comedian Dr Popular.

"The Communications Act of 1934 established the authority for the President to use certain private sector communications systems for priority communications, such as sending alert and warning messages to the public, during national emergencies", FEMA wrote.

At 2:18 PM ET today, everyone with a mobile phone in the United States will get a message blast from the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA). Simply put, they can't choose to not receive an alert from President Trump. Back in 2013, a number of far-right bloggers, including Alex Jones, were up in arms over reports that then President Barack Obama was "loading iPhones with emergency alerts" that you couldn't opt out of.

It is unknown if Trump will attempt to misuse this power as a political tool to make announcements.

You will not be charged for this message, the alerts do not collect any data, and the alerts do not have any tracking capabilities.

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