Trump gets the power to send unblockable texts to all Americans starting on January 20th

Trump gets the power to send unblockable texts to all Americans starting on January 20th
Starting on January 20th, President-Elect Donald Trump will have the ability to send unblockable texts to every phone in the U.S. Trump will get that power once he is sworn in as president. The so-called Wireless Emergency Alerts were passed into law by Congress in 2006. They can be sent to a specific area like a Amber alert is, or they can be sent to the entire nation.

The question is whether the notoriously thin-skinned billionaire will use the technology in much the same way he currently uses Twitter. Whenever he feels that he has been slighted, he goes after that person with a vicious tweet. And those are the times when being factual doesn't seem to matter to him. For example, last weekend he took to his Twitter page and wrote "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."

Besides the fact that Trump is complaining about an election that he won, and is lying about the fraud, his conduct is under attack for being unbecoming of the leader of the free world. He also seems distracted, and when insulted he can't seem to let it go without responding. Once he gains this ability to send unblockable messages to the entire U.S., he needs to limit the use of this power to the situations for which it is intended.

The FCC limits the use of these WEAs to three different types of alerts:

  • Alerts issued by the president
  • Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life
  • Amber alerts

The law says that wireless subscribers can ask to have WEA messages blocked if they are not issued by the president.


Nowhere does it say that a WEA can be sent to snipe at the cast of a hit Broadway show because they spoke their mind to the vice-president elect about things that they are rightfully worried about. To be fair, we do need to point out that until January 20th, this communications system is off limits to Trump, and there is no sign that he would use it for a role that it wasn't intended to be used for. On the other hand,we've seen how an insult can set him off. Could he get so worked up about a comment that he just loses it and feels that he has to use the WEA system to make sure that his point of view cannot be blocked?



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source: NYMag via CNET

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31 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

If it's coming from the government, it's probably not true.

24. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Isn't he right to use Tweeter, instead of the mainstreet media ?

61. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

Twitter is a political hack too. They suspend conservatives account.Go gabs boycott twitter.

63. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

So, so, suck my toe, all the way to mexico.

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Almost thought I was on CNN

7. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

i wonder if phonearena made the same article about obama? what a repugnant article phonearena. you really should stay out of the speculation arena

10. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1314; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

If he starts spamming us like he does his Twitter account in going to sue his ass.

12. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

is phonearena getting into the fear mongering game?

13. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

another reason to despise phonearena

17. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I disagree. This is a reason to add Phonearena to your favorites.

20. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Why? You have a ton of other fear mongering websites filled with crying emos.

31. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The 54% of Americans who voted against him are crying. We elected a moron.

66. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

This is how third party candidates can screw up an election. It makes it possible for minority rule, though as it stands, Hillary has well over 2 million more votes and she still lost.

74. ShadowHammer

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

It worked exactly as it was designed to. Remember that the USA is a democratic republic, not a pure democracy. That was for a reason, because the founding fathers were concerned that a pure democracy could lead to mob rule. The electoral college is part of the check and balance system. This isn't the first time a president hasn't gotten the majority of the popular vote. In my dream world, third party candidates are actually viable options for high office.

77. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Sorry ShadowHammer, my statement was not in reference to popular vote which is who has the most votes, it was in regards to the majority rule, which is 50% +1. With 3 or more candidates, you could run the potential of a three-way split in votes of 33%, 33%, & 34%. in this extreme and highly unlikely, yet still possible scenario, only one-third of registered voters would have the say, meaning the elected official was not who 66% of the voters picked in the election. Granted, I don't even know how this would play out at the presidential level as it's required to get 270 electoral votes to win... but on a smaller scale, state or local elections, it could still very well play out that way. This is what a third candidate would do for an election. Though I am all for choice, and I think the more options the better in most of life's scenarios, but in regards to elections, it could result in minority rule and I simply do not believe that. Now if you want to get into popular votes VS electoral votes, that's an entirely different conversation as it has no barring on how many candidates are involved. I do have my opinions on the matter, cases where it is beneficial today and cases where it actually hinders the system, but yeah... I've written too much already and I don't want to be like TechieXP

89. ShadowHammer

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Oh, I getcha. You bring up some interesting points. All I'll say is that our Constitution has things in place to deal with a 33/33/34 split, and personally I'm not sure there is much difference between 1/2 of voters being peeved about who is president vs 2/3. I couldn't stand either of the two main candidates, which suggests to me that a majority of Americans don't agree with me in how government should be run anyway.

26. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

why would i add phonearena to my favorites based on how it makes you feel? typical liberal always assuming the world revolves around you

32. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Do you have a problem with Phonearena bashing der F├╝hrer?

46. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So instead everyone should follow your view? I'm independent, and this election has only proven to me that both sides are guilty of hypocrisy. Both have a do as I say, not as I do mentality. Seriously, watching the back and forth between each side, they're a mirror image of each other. Both sides have childish supporters, and only know that the other side is evil. I was for anyone who actually cared about improving the company for all Americans, not just the rich, not just a certain ethnicity. And apparently we would be lost either way.

71. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So true

14. mgorday

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 30, 2016

Complete garbage article... Why would he use an emergency system to respond? Stick to your mediocre cell phone posts PhoneArena

49. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So why are you here if their cell phone coverage is so mediocre?

67. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't know, why would he defend the size of his hands during a nationally televised presidential debate? Everything expected of a president is now thrown out the window. Who knows what to expect with this jackass.

19. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Phonearena is now playing the CNN card. Stay out of politics, especially if your bias.

48. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

There's biased media on both sides. There seems to be no truly middle of the road unbiased journalism. CNN isn't anymore biased than Fox News is, they're just different sides of the same coin.

27. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

It doesn't matter if he's unfortunately going to be the president or that he was born into a wealthy family, he will always be white trash. He has no class.

75. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

So the mainstream media succeeded to make you a racist?

76. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Just try to call someone 'black trash' (no matter if bad guy, or President)

39. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I'm from grubbing some "p***" please do not disturb.

70. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

This article is garbage! Are you trying out for Gizmodo, Engadget, HuffPost, New York Times? I thought Phonearena was better than that...To suggest that he's going to use an emergency service to tweet angry tweets to every American is ludicrous. This is disgusting and insulting to me as a daily reader of Phonearena and as an American. Phonearena should apologize for this crap. Pull or amend this article with just the facts and leave Alan F.'s pathetic political opinions to himself. Alan F. you should resign! You are an idiot, #BIGLEAGUE!

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