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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has teamed up with social media giant Facebook to find missing children.

The team will be using a child abduction emergency alert commonly known as Amber Alert.

South Africa joins 22 countries in the world to receive this programme and it is the first in Africa to use such a tool.

Joanne Joseph speaks to Facebook head of public policy in the SADC region Emilar Gandhi about how the alerts will work.

The Amber Alert is a media alert that is issued when law-enforcement agencies are notified that a child has been abducted or is imminent danger.

Emilar Gandhi, Facebook head of public policy - SADC region

The requirements are that the abducted child should be 18 years old or younger and is in imminent danger. The responsibility really rests with the police.

Emilar Gandhi, Facebook head of public policy - SADC region

The Amber Alert stays on for 24 hours and what has been shared will stay on Facebook.

Emilar Gandhi, Facebook’s head of public policy - SADC region

Listen to the full interview below...

This article first appeared on 702 : SAPS and Facebook launch Amber Alert in SA to find missing children

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