The US Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, released in a press conference on Friday that they now have their very first official Facebook & Twitter accounts. A YouTube and Flickr account has already been established but now, the serious social networks have been added to the CIA’s list.
After resolving issues of fake CIA accounts previously, the CIA’s statement confirmed the authenticy of the accounts, achieving them nearly 600,000 Twitter followers in the space of only a few days. The accounts have been launched in order to directly interact with the public, allowing unclassified information to become more accessible, as well as being able to share information on the CIA’s missions, history and developments. Image posts of artefacts in the CIA’s museum are expected to be shared, especially since none of the artefacts on display can be viewed by the public in person. A final item expected to be shared is the World Fact Book, containing a database of world leaders and maps from across the world.
The CIA kicked off their Twitter page with the post “We can neither confirm or deny that this is our first tweet”, being perceived by many users that they are showing they do in fact have a sense of humour, however a number of individuals do still question whether this quote holds more to it than on the surface. The tagline on both the Facebook & Twitter page states “We are the Nation’s first line of defence. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go”