CIA Creates Official Social Media Accounts
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has officially joined popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. The US spy agency created its official accounts on the social networks on Friday (June 6). Its Facebook page has the address facebook.com/central.intelligence.agency, while @CIA is its official Twitter ‘handle.’
On Twitter, the agency posted its first official tweet at around 2 p.m. EDT. Its message simply said that it refuses to confirm or deny if it was actually its first ever tweet. It id not indicate if it would share with the public juicy information, but still, it drew a lot of attention. Proof to it is that within less than one-and-a-half hour, the number of its Twitter followers rose to 84,000. That number continues to climb robustly.
Trying to be less secretive?
Sources claim that for the longest time, CIA has been spying on Facebook and Twitter accounts to gather more investigative information. They said that the agency has been relying on the social media to uncover many global trends and possibly monitor numerous criminals.
This is the first time for CIA to officially have its own accounts on the two most popular social networking Websites. Could this be an indication that the Obama administration is trying to be less secretive compared to its predecessors?
Analysts could not really share their readings. Ironically, the US government has long been cracking down on usual interactions between intelligence officials and media reporters. It can be recalled that there was a recent directive by the agency for its officials not to speak to reporters without due permission from the authorities.
Sharing information to the public
According to CIA’s own disclosures, the new social media accounts would post artifacts from its non-public museum. It would also share updates about its own ‘World Factbook,’ which is a compilation of information about world maps, leaders, and other similar or related information.
The CIA has reiterated that it has long been maintaining its own public Website, which can be accessed by the public. It also revealed that it would keep its official accounts on other social media sites like video-sharing venue YouTube and photo-sharing Website Flickr.
The agency is expected to avoid posting sensitive and classified information on its social sites. Some observers think that joining Facebook and Twitter is one way for the agency to try to be more open and accessible to the public.