On June 6, 2014 the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) launched itself on Twitter and Facebook.
Facebook is one of the largest social media sites in the world, in September 2012 it had over one billion active users of which approximately 9% were fake. In 2012, Facebook was adding about half a petabyte of data every 24 hours, amounting to about 180 petabytes per year.
Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS, or mobile device app. It has over 500 million active users, who posted 340 million tweets per day. That is a staggering amount of information.
It is known that the CIA already monitors “foreign” Facebook and Twitter via its Open Source Center in McLean, Virginia. They are pessimistically called “Vengeful Librarians.”
According to the official release:
“The CIA expanded its social media presence with the launch of official social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
Follow us 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. You’ll also receive updates on CIA career postings and get the latest glimpse into CIA’s Museum—the best museum most people never get to see. Our social media expansion will put CIA.gov content right at your fingertips.
In the coming weeks, look out for other CIA.gov enhancements, including live streaming capabilities via Ustream.”
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