News / USA

CIA Goes Viral, Joins Twitter, Facebook

The CIA announced today that it had joined Twitter and Facebook.
The CIA announced today that it had joined Twitter and Facebook.

Related Articles

Russian Fighter Jet Buzzed US Military Spy Plane

Jet flew within 100 feet of plane’s nose; US officials privately complained to Moscow

Oliver Stone to Direct Film on Snowden

US Oscar-winning director says, 'This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge'

New Bugs Found in 'Heartbleed' Cyber Threat Software

Experts says newly discovered vulnerabilities in OpenSSL more serious than 'Heartbleed'
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has embraced social media and the public is loving it back.

The spy agency made the announcement today that it would launch accounts on both Facebook and Twitter.

It’s first tweet, “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet,” had been retweeted over 75,000 times in just a few hours.

Espionage fans can follow the CIA on Twitter @CIA and on Facebook “for the latest CIA updates, #tbt (Throwback Thursday) photos, reflections on intelligence history, and fun facts from the CIA World Factbook,” the agency wrote in a statement.

The CIA also said the social media accounts would offer information about job postings, and provide glimpses of the CIA’s museum, “the best museum most people never get to see,” according to the agency.

“By expanding to these platforms, CIA will be able to more directly engage with the public and provide information on CIA’s mission, history, and other developments,” CIA Director John Brennan said in a public release.
 

“We have important insights to share, and we want to make sure that unclassified information about the Agency is more accessible to the American public that we serve, consistent with our national security mission,” he said.

In a little more than an hour, @CIA had over 85,200 followers and 193 “likes” on Facebook - and the numbers of followers are skyrocketing.

The agency, which already has a presence on Flickr and YouTube, told VOA that getting on Facebook and Twitter had "been in the works for a long time."

“There was someone out there impersonating CIA via Twitter, said CIA spokeswoman K. Jordan Caldwell. "Earlier this year, CIA filed an impersonation complaint with Twitter and they secured the @CIA account for us, which is routine for government agencies. This has been a lengthy process."

The agency said other social offerings were in the works, including live streaming via Ustream.

Some were already delighting in the spy agency's new social presence.

American news agency ABC tweeted a joke, poking fun at the CIA's penchant for secrecy.

Former Pakistan Ambassador Husain Haqqani [@husainhaqqani] tweeted, “The CIA has followed people for years. Now tweeple have a chance to follow @CIA.
 
Other’s joked about how @CIA is only following 25 people.
 

Comedian Rob Delaney kid the agency with a widely read tweet.
 

But not everyone is laughing.
 
Zeke Johnson, director of Amnesty International USA's Security and Human Rights Campaign, speaking to VOA via Skype, said, “Well, I was really struck by the irony of it."
 
“Here you have an entity that is basically dedicated to secrecy and they’re up on social media and at least pretending to want to engage with the public. Now, I’m all for them being on Twitter but what they should also do is meet their human rights obligations to disclose the truth about the CIA torture program and drone strikes,” said Johnson.

VOA's Jeff Seldin contributed to this report from the Pentagon.

You May Like

Video Drug Use Rises in Afghanistan

Ninety percent of world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan More

Here's Your Chance to Live in a Deserted Shopping Mall

About one-third of the 1200 enclosed malls in the US are dead or dying. Here's what's being done with them. More

Video NASA: Big Antarctica Ice Shelf Is Disintegrating

US space agency’s new study indicates Larsen B shelf could break up in just a few years More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriagei
X
May 21, 2015 4:14 AM
The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.
Video

Video Women to March for Peace Between Koreas

Prominent female activists from around the world plan to march through the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea to call for peace between the two neighbors, divided for more than 60 years. The event, taking place May 24, marks the International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament and has been approved by both Koreas. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Drug Use Rises in Afghanistan Following Record High Poppy Crops

Afghanistan has seen record high poppy crops during the last few years - and the result has been an alarming rise in illegal drug use and addiction in the war-torn country. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem has this report from Kabul.
Video

Video America’s Front Lawn Gets Overhaul

America’s front yard is getting a much-needed overhaul. Almost two kilometers of lawn stretch from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument. But the expanse of grass known as the National Mall has taken a beating over the years. Now workers are in the middle of restoring the lush, green carpet that fronts some of Washington’s best-known sights. VOA’s Steve Baragona took a look.

VOA Blogs