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CIA's Twitter Account a Hit
By: Jessica Cherok
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Like many other U.S. intelligence agencies, the CIA has recently faced a lot of criticism over being too secretive. In an effort to clean up their image and appear more transparent, the Central Intelligence Agency has started their own Twitter account. And they have jokes!

The agency launched its Twitter and Facebook accounts last week. Their first tweet, “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet,” poked fun at their secretive and tight-lipped reputation.

It was clearly a hit. Within mere hours of the tweet, the CIA already had over 200,000 followers. Whether the agency will continue to be humorous in future tweets remains to be seen, though popular opinion hopes that it will.

In a press release about their new social profiles, the CIA said, "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.”

The agency will also be posting photos of artifacts it has in its museum. Considering many of these items are not on public display, those posts are certain to be popular.

Twitter and Facebook aren’t the only social spots the CIA has accounts. The agency also has its own YouTube account. 

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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