1,274 missing children found via mobile app

2017-05-17 21:30:54 GMT2017-05-18 05:30:54(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Public Security(MPS) announced Wednesday that 1,274 missing children had beenfound over the past year following the launch of an app in May2016.

During the period, 1,317 updates on missing children were postedon the app, and the children found include 40 who had beenabducted, 750 who had run away from home, 192 who had been lost, 75who died by drowning, as well as 29 who were murdered, according tothe MPS.

The app helps to ensure efficient sharing of information andcollaboration between police in different regions, and encourageswitnesses to report the whereabouts of missing or traffickedchildren, the MPS said.

Users near the site where a child disappeared receive pushnotifications, including photos and descriptions. The scope ofthese push notifications will be expanded over time.

An updated version of the platform that went live on Wednesdayhas expanded its reach through cooperation with seven other mediaplatforms, such as an emergency broadcasting center under ChinaNational Radio, a news app from Tencent and Yidao Yongche.

So far, the MPS app has formed a cooperative partnership with 40new media and mobile applications, including Taobao, Baidu and QQ.Enditem

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