The Federal Communications Commission is making some improvements to its emergency alert system following the bombing in Chelsea, New York.

After the bombing, authorities sent out emergency alerts to mobile phones in the New York area warning residents to be on the look out for the suspect. Phones buzzed across New York city during rush hour, with the words: “Wanted: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male.”

Rahami was the lead suspect in the explosion that injured 29 people in the New York neighborhood of Chelsea on Sept. 17 and a second explosion occurred in Elizabeth, New Jersey that occurred the following day. He has since been arrested and charged.

The alert has been criticized with claims of racial profiling and that it fueled unnecessary panic. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission has made some serious improvements to the alert system, including an increased character limit and ability to embed photos.  Read more…

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