Donald Trump Sends Americans First Nationwide Presidential Alert Text

Donald Trump Sends Americans First Nationwide Presidential Alert Text

But a national warning system was different. FEMA spokesperson Jenny Burke told NBC News, "News of the test spurred an online backlash and a flood of calls to FEMA, which has been inundated with requests to opt out of the alert - hampering the agency's ongoing emergency response to Hurricane Florence". It was sent by FEMA as a test of the system.

The plaintiffs are also concerned Trump might use the alerts to spread disinformation because IPAWS doesn't regulate the content of the messages.

This message and will be labeled a "Presidential Alert" and, yes, will be coming at the direction of the White House.

A number of iPhone users on AT&T's network - including this reporter - did not receive the notification until they had rebooted their smartphones.

The lawsuit against Mr Trump and FEMA administrator Brock Long said the system was a "violation of Americans' first and fourth Amendment rights to be free from government-compelled listening, as well as warrantless, non-consensual trespass into and seizure of their cellular devices".

If you're wondering. the system doesn't allow 45 to wake up in the morning and decide on a whim to send a blast message to all Americans.

If you're picturing a red button inside a glass box or a fire-alarm-style handle on the wall - this isn't that.

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Most of the people FOX4 spoke with at the State Fair of Texas during the test said they got the text. "I could see it being a good think in the sense of an emergency like a terrorist attack", Patra said.

You may have heard your phone loudly buzz around 2:15 EST today.

Late Night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at the politics of calling the text a "Presidential Alert". Six cell phones were being monitored at the Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency but only two actually received the message.

What about the other screens in my life?

"So some people got the presidential alert and some people didn't?"

While it's the first national test of the new wireless emergency alert system, similar tests were conducted in 2011, 2016 and 2017. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. "No action is required". "My kids' generation now get their information, get their news uh on the internet, on their phones and so we need to address that".

But some people said they didn't know the test was going to happen.

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