I was in a cell phone store when the #presidentialalert happened.— A new hope. (@Desmuri) October 3, 2018
Hell on Earth.
Since the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) system allowed President Donald Trump to send direct messages to people, the nightmare everyone had came true.
At around 2 PM on Wednesday, Americans got an emergency alert message on their cell phone, but it was only a test message. The presidential alerts were designed so that Americans could get direct messages from the White House in case of a national emergency, like a disaster or a terrorist attack.
Phones beeped nationwide and people naturally got a little worried that they may be hit by a flood or some violent activity – however, upon reading the text they discovered the message was just a test run for the emergency messages.
"THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed," the "presidential alert," was the message sent by the FEMA alert system to all smart phones. Users don’t have the option to opt out of the presidential alerts.
While this was just a test, everyone knows what Trump is capable of. So don’t worry if you get a message bashing Democrats as your next alert, because the White House now has control over the emergency messaging system.
A 2015 law prohibits presidents from using the emergency alert system to send anything that "does not relate to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety."
Abusing this technology can have horrible repercussions; however the chances of that happening with Trump’s administration are very high.
As usual, Twitter was abuzz with the test alert message and made numerous memes out of it.
I do not like this Donald Trump.— Molly Jong??Fast (@MollyJongFast) October 3, 2018
I do not like him on my phone.
I do not like his little clone.
I do not like him here or there.
I do not like him anywhere.#PresidentialAlert pic.twitter.com/cEbc5V7amL
Did everyone get this? pic.twitter.com/UurRByPc8l— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 3, 2018
History was made in the United States today as 300 million Americans decided to simultaneously switch back to flip phones that can not receive text messages.#PresidentialAlert pic.twitter.com/PQowQkHUuv— CoronaLime ?????? (@_CoronaLime_) October 3, 2018
That #PresidentialAlert was definitely even worse than when U2 put themselves on my phone.— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) October 3, 2018
How do I stop a sexual predator from texting me?— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) October 4, 2018
Asking for 225,000,000 friends. #PresidentialAlert
Did anyone else get an alert from the president? pic.twitter.com/A0gL1jHijj— Evi (@ev_ellen_) October 3, 2018
Did anyone else get a weird alert from the president? pic.twitter.com/vs7v1Tvq3P— Ryan B. (@PrestigeIsKey) October 3, 2018
whoa look what just showed up on my phone pic.twitter.com/kkDvQ7aPts— scrëm (@own___ass) October 3, 2018
Anyone else just get their first Presidential text alert? pic.twitter.com/A2lCABVTLC— 0x33 (@its0x33) October 3, 2018
anybody else get the president alert??? pic.twitter.com/qtd6aUsWiF— carl wheezer (@TRISTANTHOO) October 3, 2018
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