AT&T to force Obama alerts for iPhones with no way to opt out

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AT&T subscribers’ iPhone Notification Settings

Not only is Big Brother President Obama watching you, he’s going to start messaging you if you own an iPhone with AT&T service.

AT&T subscribers with an iPhone 4S or 5 using iOS 6.1 or higher are going to start getting presidential alerts on matters of “national importance” whether you want them or not, the Inquisitr reported.

As part of AT&T’s new Wireless Emergency Alerts, once a user’s updates are complete, AMBER and Emergency alerts are automatically sent to the phone. However, users have the ability to turn these notification settings off, if desired.

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Presidential alerts, though, will not have an opt-out feature. So, if Obama has something to tell you, AT&T has ensured you need to hear it from him no matter what you think.

According to the report, no additional fees are incurred for WEA messages.

I would assume the optional Emergency alerts would notify me of an impending disaster or the start of the feared Zombie invasion if I chose to leave the setting turned on. Why would I need a forced presidential alert? I like having the choice of getting my news from my source.

AT&T and Obama have seemingly taken that choice away.

From AT&T’s Consumer Blog:

These are government-issued safety messages that include AMBER Alerts, emergency alerts – such as man-made or natural disasters, and Presidential alerts.

Wireless Emergency Alerts are part of the FCC’s CMAS program and are mandated by law.  You may turn off alerts (except for Presidential alerts) if you choose.  Go to Settings >Notifications>Turn On/Off. [Emphasis added].

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Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. [email protected] Twitter: @JaneenBPR

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41 thoughts on “AT&T to force Obama alerts for iPhones with no way to opt out

  1. Doug Hanks says:

    Good comment AJ all anybody needs is a flip phone. When millions cancel AT&T will be devastated.

  2. Ron says:

    I dont understand the outrage. Sure, I think that an opt-out should be available, but I also think it would be foolish to opt out. In the above article Ms. Capizola says "Why would I need a forced presidential alert? I like having the choice of getting my news from my source." So what she is saying is that primary sources are less reliable than her preferred news source, which will inevitably and invariably rebroadcast sound bytes along with commentary that spins said bytes into something that will either soothe or irritate, depending on her particular political views. Seriously? See I just applied spin that is probably unfair, but its what you get when you rely on a secondary or tertiary source.

    Of course, I could be wrong. The broadcasts could contain secret mind control frequencies in which case maybe Connor can drink his Kool Aid and ignore while George puts on a tin foil hat.

  3. Doug Hanks says:

    Janeen are you cancelling your cell phone?

  4. lochness says:

    Now we are forced to hear his lies… He is a narcissist!!! So tired of him force feeding us his bullshit. Why did he even want to be the president of this country? He has no respect for any of our values, and don’t get me wrong I get we need change/ improvement, but not to serve the needs of his ego. This country is unrecognizable, and its not changing for the better. Sad sad sad for American’s.

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