Ever since #Donald Trump announced he was running for president, he found a way to connect with millions of Americans through his increased use of social media. However, after Trump is officially sworn in as President of the United States, the new president-elect will be able to reach every American with a cell phone, and there's not much anyone can do about.
The 2016 presidential election will go down as one of the most controversial in American history. Due to the rise and expansion of social media, Donald Trump became a mainstay on #Twitter, putting him in the position of defending himself from critics. Trump's late night Twitter rants and attacks were thought to be part of his potential downfall, but he was able to weather the storm and come out on top against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. As originally reported by New York Magazine, and doubled down by CNET, on November 30, Trump will soon have even greater access to Americans, whether or not they want to hear from him.
Come January, President Trump will be able to send unblockable mass text messages to the entire country https://t.co/kGBnxVKswp— New York Magazine (@NYMag) November 30, 2016
Passed by Congress in 2006 was what is known as the Wireless Emergency Alerts program (WEAs). The WEAs are alerts authorized by the president that can be sent directly to all mobile phones in an area of the president's choosing. In compliance with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the WEAs can be sent out for three different reasons. One being Amber Alerts, if a minor is reported missing or stolen. Another if there are "imminent threats to safety or life." And a third reason, which comes at the discretion of the commander in chief for what he believes is a critical emergency situation.
Trump Will Get Power To Send Unblockable Mass Text Messages To All Americans https://t.co/paE2x8pO8J— Slashdot (@slashdot) November 30, 2016
One silver lining for those who wish not to receive random #text messages from Donald Trump is that there is one area that he must go through in order to send the messages out. The president's text messages would have to be cleared by FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System. While FEMA is technically controlled by the executive branch led by the White House, New York Magazine notes, "the agency would have a vested interest in not seeing their alert system bent toward, uh, non-emergency ends."
Trump's Twitter storm
Shortly after he was elected president, Donald Trump was interviewed on CBS' "60 minutes." When asked how he would handle himself on Twitter and other social media outlets moving forward, the former host of "The Apprentice" said he would be "very restrained." Since the interview, Trump has increased his attacks on Twitter, targeting the cast of "Saturday Night Live" and the musical "Hamilton," as well as calling for jail time for those who burn the American flag.