Donald Trump will be able to send you unblockable text messages once he becomes president, Select All reports.
So, it might be time to either cancel your plan or break your phone and adopt some other form of communication instead... perhaps Morse code or smoke signals.
Free yourself from the constraints of technology.
Yes, this is seriously something Trump will be able to do.
Why? Good question: Allow me to explain.
The president can send Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) – 90-character messages – to phones across the country. You've probably received a WEA before, like an Amber Alert when a child goes missing.
Congress created this national alert system by passing the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act in 2006.
For the most part, these alerts are pretty useful. But some carriers might allow you to block them.
The only ones they can't block? The ones that come from the president.
According to the FCC,
Alerts from WEA cover only critical emergency situations. Consumers will receive only three types of alerts: Alerts issued by the President Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life Amber Alerts Participating carriers may allow subscribers to block all but Presidential alerts.
So, yeah. Trump can send you messages, and there's nothing you can do about it.
But fortunately, it isn't such a simple process. This means Trump won't necessarily be able to send a mass text bashing the cast of "Hamilton" – or whoever was mean to him and his friends – whenever he pleases.
These messages (WEAs) have to go through FEMA's Integrated Public Alert & Warning System.
In other words, the president can't just send them at will, and FEMA would not be a fan of the system being used for any purpose other than an emergency.
So Trump likely won't be using this system to send out messages in the same way he throws daily tantrums on Twitter. Not to mention – as Select All highlights – most people take at least two courses on the system before gaining access to it.
It's not exactly a secret Trump isn't a fan of putting the work in for, well, just about anything.
Long story short? It's possible you might receive a message from President Trump, but it's not quite as scary as it sounds.