Trump's Presidential Alert Has Twitter Feeling Nostalgic for That Unsolicited U2 Album

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Donald Trump addresses the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Oct. 2, 2018.

The new Emergency Presidential Alert had everyone's phones buzzing on Wednesday (Oct. 3) with its inaugural message, which read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." Twitter users shared their thoughts on the alert by comparing it to a different cellular invasion: U2's Songs of Innocence album, which was automatically given to all iTunes Store customers back in 2014 and just popped up on people's phones.

The alert is the first nationwide test of the system created by the government in case of a terror attack or other wide-scale disaster. The Twitter community, including Josh Groban, expressed their confusion with the unsolicited message below by reminding us of a simpler time, just four years ago.

Others who did not receive the alert also made sure to share their feelings online.


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