During the pursuit for suspected New York bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami – who has just been charged with five counts of attempted murder – the authorities took a fairly unprecedented step: they used a emergency alerts service to beam a message about Rahami to every active smartphone in NYC.
First time something like has been done. Important added capacity. pic.twitter.com/9yOLS03JPx
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) September 19, 2016
On the subway, everyone’s phones went off simultaneously w/emergency alert about Ahmad Khan Rahami. Like something out of a dystopian movie
— Pamela Engel (@PamEngel12) September 19, 2016
deputizing everyone with an iphone in the middle of rush hour does not seem like the responsible way to do this pic.twitter.com/ZTGZ6ksIyO
— ????? (@NJDG) September 19, 2016
I didn’t sign up for the NYC emergency alert system to be woken up by “join our paranoia about vaguely brown men.”
— N. K. Jemisin (@nkjemisin) September 19, 2016
The sound of every cell phone in NYC receiving an emergency alert simultaneously is an odd sound.
— Ed (@eddiespike) September 19, 2016