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#FollowFriday: CIA Creates Twitter, Facebook Accounts

The CIA joined Twitter and Facebook Friday as a way to better engage with the public and provide information on it's mission and other developments.
Posted at 10:58 PM, Jun 06, 2014

For once, normal people get the chance to follow the CIA thanks to its new Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The CIA marked their social media debut with a somewhat ominous joke. It tweeted: "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." (Via Twitter / @CIA)

The organization gained more than 200,000 followers after creating the account Friday and sending out their first two tweets.

And the responses to the CIA's foray into social media were pretty hilarious. Washington Post reporter Ed O'Keefe tweeted: "Does CIA following you back on Twitter constitute illegal domestic spying? (Asking for a friend...)" (Via Twitter / @edatpost)

Another Twitter user tweeted: "In the future, action spy flicks will be about @CIA tweets gone wrong."​ (Via Twitter / Elahe Izadi)

However, some people didn't find the CIA's Twitter presence laugh-worthy.

A writer for Motherboard said "It rubs everyone's noses in the organization's long history of evading journalists, Congress, and virtually anyone else interested in uncovering the agency's goings on." (Via Motherboard)

The organization was a little more serious on Facebook. Their only post today was was of a photo memorializing the 70th anniversary of "D-Day."

This is the CIA's first excursion into social media as a user — that we know of, at least — but Fox News reports that the intelligence agency has been monitoring Facebook and Twitter activity since at least 2011.

CIA Director John Brennan said the CIA created the accounts to better engage with the public and provide information on the CIA's mission, history and other developments.