‘Absolutely terrifying!’: California iPhone users freak out over Amber Alert

A statewide Amber Alert was issued in California last night as authorities search for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson. James Lee DiMaggio, 40, is suspected of abducting the siblings from San Diego County on Saturday after he murdered their mother.

“California” and “#AmberAlert” zoomed up the Twitter trends chart as iPhone users received the alert. Amber Alerts are pushed to iPhone 4S and 5 phones running iOS 6.1.

But the trend wasn’t solely about concern for the kidnapped kids. Won’t somebody think of the iPhone owners?

Even the California Highway Patrol acknowledged that the Amber Alert “might have scared some of you.”

But when every second counts, the iPhone alerts are essential to raising awareness about abducted kids.

An upside to the freak-out: The trending Twitter topic brought much-needed attention to the abduction of Hannah and Ethan.

Here’s what the suspect looks like without facial hair.

For the record, the notifications can be disabled.

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