That sound you hear is hundreds of cell phones being flushed down toilets all over America.
Courtesy of NBC News:
President Donald Trump may soon be communicating with you directly on your phone — even if you don’t follow him on Twitter.
Next Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will do its first test of a system that allows the president to send a message to most U.S. cellphones.
More than 100 mobile carriers, including all the major wireless firms, are participating in the roll out, FEMA stated in a message on its website posted Thursday.
“The EAS [Emergency Alert System] is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency,” FEMA said.
The test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert,” according to the agency.
Users whose phones are on will twice hear a tone and vibration and then see an English-only (for now) message: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
Now before you freak out you should know that this policy was voted on by Congress way back in 2015 and that Trump is NOT allowed to just send out messages attacking people or refuting facts like he does on Twitter.
This system is designed to provide early warnings of impending disasters.
You know like the Trump presidency for instance.
So seriously, what do we think the chances are that Trump will end up misusing this?
50/50? 60/40? 100%?