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Next month, nearly every American with a cellphone will receive a text message from President Donald Trump—and there’s almost nothing you can do to stop it.
At precisely 2:18 pm ET on Oct. 3, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it will test the nation’s first-ever “presidential alert,” a system that will allow Trump to address the entire nation directly via text. Users cannot opt out of presidential alerts—which will reportedly make a uniquely loud noise—so the only way Americans can avoid seeing the messages is to turn their phones off.