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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Facebook to start sharing AMBER Alerts

By Hayley Tsukayama

Facebook has teamed up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Justice and the Virginia State Police to make it easier to spread news about abducted children. Representatives from the social network announced their plan to make AMBER Alert bulletins available to users online by region. Users can subscribe to the bulletins and share them across their personal networks.

According to a news release from Facebook, administrators have created 53 new AMBER Alert Pages -- one for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The announcement commemorated the 15th anniversary of the abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, for whom the AMBER Alert is named. (AMBER stands for America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response.) Hagerman was pulled from her bicycle and abducted in 1996. Her body was found four days later in a drainage ditch four miles away.

MySpace announced it would distribute AMBER Alerts over its network in 2007.

Those who are interested can check out this area's new pages at AMBER Alerts DC, AMBER Alerts VA and AMBER Alerts MD or the main AMBER Alert page.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 12, 2011; 10:45 AM ET
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