Around 2:18pm eastern time Americans across the world were issued an urgent notification on their phones. The message read ““THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
The message was meant to reach nearly 225 million people in different parts of the world.
Many users re-acted to the alert using a hashtag of #PresidentialAlert it became a trending topic on Twitter.
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) October 3, 2018
The presidential alert was built so the White House can inform the entire country instantly should an emergency break out.
Not everyone was so happy about the alert, some went as far to create a lawsuit citing it violated their first and fourth amendments which was rejected by a New York federal judge.
The presidential alert was not created by President Trump. But the process calls for the president or any of his representative — to authorize FEMA to send an alert on the White House’s behalf.
📳 TODAY (10/3): At 2:18 PM EDT, we will be testing the Wireless Emergency Alert system nationwide. Expect a message box on your phone along with a loud tone and vibration.
— FEMA (@fema) October 3, 2018
Not everyone received the message some Iphone users have reported they did not receive a message.
Three out of four phones most likely receiving the warning is a reflection of how everyone is always on their phones and technologically connected.