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iPhone users still freaked out by Amber Alerts; toddler in Flint, MI found


Back in January, Twitchy noted that iPhone users were flooding Twitter with complaints and concerns about Amber Alerts:

iPhone users with the iOS 6 operating system received the message. Many Twitter users were awoken by the loud sound; a disturbing number of iPhone owners didn’t know what the nationwide warnings of abducted/missing children even were. Even more were unaware that their iPhones carried the alerts. For the ignorant: The messages are part of a new national cell phone emergency alert system “relying on Broadcast SMS to push notifications to smartphones for weather threats, Amber alerts and Presidential alerts. The system went live in New York City at the end of 2011, and should be live in most of the United States.”

Well, it happened again tonight.

RT if you just got that Amber alert. #WTF

— MSUpartystories (@MSUpartystories) March 31, 2013

just had an AMBER Alert sent to my phone… first time thats ever happened??… #DaFaq

— Courtney Bissonette (@Courtnelynn) March 31, 2013

They could of made the amber alert tone a little less scary! Sounded like hells gates waking me up 😖

— Ashley Withey (@AshleyWithey1) March 31, 2013

Did anyone’s iPhone just pop up an Amber Alert?

— darlin’.ia8 (@darlinia8) March 31, 2013

Glad I wasn’t the only one who got that amber alert. I’m still beyond confused.

— Quinn Tyler. (@Quinnzoeeeee) March 31, 2013

That amber alert scared tf outta me!

— Soy Baby(@SoySoCold) March 31, 2013

The Amber Alert was scary alright — for the one-year-old child involved.

people shouldn’t be joking around with this amber alert its not no joke that a 1 year old baby is missing and in danger #GrowUp

— Jose’s Princess :* (@DianaHuerta_) March 31, 2013

Amber Alert for one year old Deonte Keyes in Flint.…

— Alicia Rea (@AliciaNRea) March 31, 2013

AMBER ALERT: Police search for child taken from Flint gas station.

— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) March 31, 2013

AMBER ALERTDeonte Keyes Jr. Last seen in Flint, MIVehicle:Chrysler Cirrus, SilverLicense plate #CJN4569…

— Britttt (@xohhxohhbrit) March 31, 2013

The good news: The alert was canceled in the wee hours of the morning Easter Sunday after the toddler was found:

The amber alert got canceled……

— Kaitlin Bradу (@bradykaitlin98) March 31, 2013

“@monroenews: Michigan AMBER alert canceled, child has been found #FlintMI… #amberalert” 👏

— Dani Rau (@DRau09) March 31, 2013

Thanks for your concern. Shaking our heads.

How necessary was it to send an alarming amber alert to my phone in the middle of the night? #scaredtheshitoutofme

— Amanda Wilson (@miniaturemarie) March 31, 2013

I thought I was the only one who got that emergency text from Amber Alert tonight. It scared the shit outta me!

— [WATAGOMANNY ⚓] (@___MannyyFreshh) March 31, 2013