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

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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.

Photo Credit: Responsible Marketing
Photo Credit: Responsible Marketing

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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