Twitter launches emergency alerts
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Twitter on Wednesday launched a system for emergency alerts which can help spread critical information when other lines of communication are down.
The popular messaging service said its Twitter Alerts could be useful in natural disasters or other emergencies when traditional channels may be overloaded or unavailable.
"We know from our users how important it is to be able to receive reliable information during these times," Twitter product manager Gaby Pena said in a blog post.
"Twitter Alerts is a new way to get accurate and important information when you need it most." Last year, Twitter announced a service called Lifeline to help Japanese users find emergency accounts during crises "and since then, we've been working on a related feature for people around the world," Pena said.