False Emergency TV Alert Leads to Ebola, ISIS Fears
AT&T U-verse customers in certain states got quite a shock
This is not the way TV viewers wanted to start their mornings.
AT&T U-verse customers in several states received a federal emergency alert early Friday across the tops of their TV screens. However, the alert was a false alarm, as no emergency was underway.
The alert was seen by TV viewers in Atlanta, Ga.; Dallas and Austin, Texas; and areas of Michigan, according to Fox 5. The message read: "This is an Emergency Alert Notification. Your channel has been force-tuned to receive the Emergency Alert Notification."
Fox 5 reports that AT&T has apologized for the glitch and is investigating the issue, with the company stating that the alert can only be activated by the federal government.
In a statement, FEMA criticized the inappropriateness of the false alert.