Starting today, there’s a new way you can help locate a missing child simply by checking Facebook.
Facebook is teaming up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send Amber Alerts to its users in specific areas where a child has gone missing.
“Facebook … in essence in this situation, is the world’s largest neighborhood watch,” Emily Vacher, Facebook’s Security, Trust and Safety manager told ABC News, announcing the partnership.
As soon as law enforcement issues an Amber Alert, Facebook pushes a targeted alert to your phone or computer like a text message, along with detailed information from law enforcement.
“It may include a picture of the child, a vehicle description, any information that the public would need to be able to help find the child,” Vacher said.
Take the case of Myra Lewis, a 2-year-old from Camden, Mississippi, who went missing March 1, 2014. A picture of the child, information on where she was last seen and what she was wearing would immediately go out to Facebook users in the search area.