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How to ‘Turn Off’ the Presidential Text Alert Test

By WIRED

If you really don't want to receive today's emergency test text message, there's one pretty simple workaroundRead full story

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  • I’m wondering what the use case for this is? What message that went to every phone in the US could possibly be useful and relevant, while at the same time causing a mass panic? I’m also curious if these messages arrive in multiple languages or an audio format for the visually impaired? From a UX perspective this seems like a poorly conceived execution.

  • Why would you want to opt out of an emergency alert system?

  • Opting out of this is a truly terrible idea.

    1. If a true national emergency occurs, we need to know. Everyone, regardless of our political leaning.

    2. On the chance that President Trump were to misuse this, wouldn't you want to know about it, even if only to take to social media and blast out memes?

  • Why? Why would the President need to send such an alert?What sparked this?

  • Lol Turn your phone off when you get that spidey sense that Trump is going to declare that what he has to say, is an “emergency”. So, just keep your phone off.

  • Perhaps if they named it something other than the “Presidential Text Alert Text,” maybe “The National Emergency Alert Text” it would be more palatable?

    The current name makes me want to do the equivalent of blocking Trump’s number - opting out by whatever means necessary.

    God forbid he decides to send out a mass mushroom picture.

  • Is this for real? Grow up kids.

  • Funny to see people sparked over this!

    For those worried about this “Trump” thing: You can feel better - it’s an Obama thing.

    And a good idea, actually. The National emergency broadcast system worked well when people listened to radio stations and watched network television. Now that’s no longer the case, so an updated system was needed.

    The Obama administration got the ball rolling a few years ago and the system just became ready to test.

    Please put the partisan politics aside, this is for

    Funny to see people sparked over this!

    For those worried about this “Trump” thing: You can feel better - it’s an Obama thing.

    And a good idea, actually. The National emergency broadcast system worked well when people listened to radio stations and watched network television. Now that’s no longer the case, so an updated system was needed.

    The Obama administration got the ball rolling a few years ago and the system just became ready to test.

    Please put the partisan politics aside, this is for the benefit of the American people. No one should feel affronted or offended.

  • You can not officially opt out.

  • This worked great in Hawaii.

  • It was no big deal in the first place

  • I feel like we have made it this long without such a system and when something big is going on, news spreads fast. We’re all checking our social media apps constantly throughout the day, and I follow news media so that is how I stay current. Sometimes I get phone calls or messages from family who heard news on the radio or tv.

    I didn’t think it was a bad supplement though, until I heard rumors from people who were angered by it make statements like...”the alert allows the government to track you,

    I feel like we have made it this long without such a system and when something big is going on, news spreads fast. We’re all checking our social media apps constantly throughout the day, and I follow news media so that is how I stay current. Sometimes I get phone calls or messages from family who heard news on the radio or tv.

    I didn’t think it was a bad supplement though, until I heard rumors from people who were angered by it make statements like...”the alert allows the government to track you,” which sounds a bit too paranoid. I’m sure they have other ways and don’t need this system to track you. If they want to find you, I’m sure they already could have. Besides, if Trump wants to know where I am all the time, maybe it will encourage him to go to school and read a book, too.

    The idea of creating mass panic might be a good point, but the public is gonna find out soon enough, right? Better to start the panic sooner to give people more of a chance to prepare, I suppose, than to let them panic when it’s too late.

  • The system is tested every three years so it’s not that big a deal for me. It’s also meant for communication during extreme situations (such as when internet is inaccessible). Better safe than sorry

  • I am sure some will be complaining if they weren't notified in case of an emergency also

  • This alert system is invasive and authoritarian. It’s not like amber alerts which occur in your community. This is Big Brother reaching down from on high into everyone’s right to privacy in a blunt demonstration of control.

  • I suspect the presidential alerts will only be used in national emergencies. Also when there are urgent messages that need to be gotten out to the American public and, the bought and paid for, liberal media refuses to help. #WalkAway

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