Qatar launches missing child alerts on FB, Instagram

Facebook and Instagram users in Qatar will now receive missing child alerts following a collaboration between Qatar’s Interior Ministry and US social media company Meta.

Qatari authorities announced the initiative during a press conference with Meta on Wednesday. [Getty]

Qatar on Wednesday launched an alert service on Facebook and Instagram to help find missing children, making it the first country in the Middle East.

The move was announced by the Ministry of Information as part of a collaboration with the parent company of the two social media platforms, Meta, The Qatar Peninsula reported.

Thanks to the platforms’ AMBER alert system, users within a 160 km radius of a missing report will receive an alert. Reports can be shared by Instagram and Facebook users, allowing for greater awareness.

Qatari authorities hope the initiative will encourage community members to help keep their communities safe by using social media.

“Taking a proactive approach is what keeps Qatar ranked number one among the safest countries in the world,” Interior Ministry Public Relations Director Brig. Abdullah Khalifa Al-Muftah, during the press conference in Doha.

Qatar was ranked the safest country in the world in the Numbeo 2022 Security Index and has consistently received high rankings in the index.

The tiny Gulf state was also ranked as the safest country in the Middle East in the Global Terrorism Index for 2022.

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