Donald Trump just took group chat to a whole new level.
According to NY Mag, the President-elect will be able to send unblockable mobile alerts to all Americans starting January 20th. We’re all pretty familiar with the Wireless Emergency Alerts, targeted messages sent to all mobile phones in a particular area (like Amber alerts), or to all phones nationally. Now Trump can issue whatever he wants, whenever he wants, without the people’s desire for it (just as he does on Twitter).
The WEAs are reportedly limited to 90 characters, which means Trump will need to adjust from the 140-character Twitter standard he’s accustomed to in order to send all Americans the unblockable text. Earlier this year, a WEA was sent to New Yorkers instigating the then-Republican presidential nominee’s Islamophobic sentiments, ultimately setting the tone of fear for many citizens.
Let’s hope Donald Trump’s power with Wireless Emergency Alerts and his stance on Muslims don’t combine into a gigantic ball of hatred and power-tripping, leaving the country more divided than it already is.