This will be the fourth EAS test and first WEA test. Such presidential alerts would be sent in the event of a pending missile attack or other national emergency, and U.S. cellphone users are not able opt out of them.
The plaintiffs are also concerned Trump might use the alerts to spread disinformation because IPAWS doesn't regulate the content of the messages.
The wireless alert system was launched in 2012.
So... Can I opt out?FEMA said the test is made available to EAS participants which include radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers. But many cell phone users say they either didn't receive a text or got multiple alerts.
Blasted out by cell towers nationwide over a 30-minute period, the message was expected to reach some 225 million people in an unprecedented federal exercise. The goal was to test a system that's created to warn Americans about a national emergency. Instead, they're from the US government, and both are test messages.
The new message will look like the others that the WEA the emergency alerts sent out to phone owners in regions facing severe inclement weather or abducted children (aka Amber Alerts). A FEMA lawyer said via a phone connection to the courtroom that decisions about alerts are at the discretion of the president, just as are many other decisions involving national security. "FEMA then sends the alerts to the wireless providers, which then push the alerts in turn to mobile phones in the impacted communities". This system is part of a test of the FEMA infrastructure test of readiness in case of emergency but will be controlled under the power of Trump. "No action is required".
The law establishing the alert says it can not be sent out for any reason other than "a natural disaster, act of terrorism or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety", according to NowThis. Think of them as the DEFCON 1 of phone alerts.
Still, a group of New Yorkers is suing in federal court saying they can't be forced to receive the alerts because they violate their right to free speech. "This is something that should not be used for a political agenda", he said. USA cellphone users are not able opt out of presidential alerts. Mistakes like that could make people nervous about this new nationwide alert.
Tiffany Trump is the president's daughter whom he had with his second wife, actress Marla Maples.