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UAE works with Facebook to aid search for missing children

UAE's Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with Facebook, has launched the Neda Function which aims to help find missing children

UAE works with Facebook to aid search for missing children
The app includes a "smart call" system, which will assist in searching for missing children.

The UAE's Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with Facebook, has launched the Neda Function which aims to help find missing children.

The function, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East, is a smart system that aims to promote social responsibility and strengthen the ministry’s efforts to maintain security and safety, state news agency WAM reported.

The first stage of the app was launched by Lt General Saif Al Shafar, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, with the attendance of Alia Mohammed Saeed Al Kaabi.

The app includes a "smart call" system, which will assist in searching for missing children, WAM said.

The partnership between the two parties will enable the system to utilise the notification function on Facebook. The Child Protection Centre of the Ministry of Interior will firstly receive a report from authorities about missing children, including from the police general commands in the areas where a child was reported missing.

Al Shafar said the launch is a big step in strengthening the ministry’s efforts to maintain security and safety, by benefitting from emerging technologies and social media applications.

"The launch of the first stage of Neda is part of the ministry’s strategic initiatives that aim to promote child protection and utilise modern technologies. We will work on managing calls from police general commands in the country, and after taking the required measures, we will circulate their reports in the form of a call through Facebook in the areas where children have gone missing," he added.