MI5 has joined Instagram. It is not for choice.

“No, we don’t know where Tupac is,” CIA tweeted in 2014.

In 2016, the agency tweeted a The real-time raid that killed Osama bin Laden On its fifth anniversary. An agency spokesperson told ABC At the time when the tweet was aimed at “remembering the day and honoring all those who had a hand in this achievement.” However, the move was largely banned and many people questioned why an intelligence agency needed a presence on social media.

CIA Self Instagram account Features a series of luminaries including #humansofCIA, which exposes employees. The agency, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday, recently rewrote its website with an extremely minimalist aesthetic.

Other intelligence agencies, including the FBI, are active on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and YouTube accounts.

Michael Landon-Murray is a professor at the University of Colorado Springs, Colorado US intelligence agencies use social media research, Said social media has become a part of “image and brand management” for intelligence agencies and “a box that needs to be checked.”

“Everything intelligence agencies do is inherently ugly business,” he said. Social media can be a way for organizations to demolish the public about their actions and “look cool, have fun – in a sense, almost hoodink the public”, he said.

He said that those who follow intelligence agencies on social media fully support the agencies or are hostile to them.

“I think there are potentially useful uses, and ultimately, I hope that if the public understands intelligence agencies better, that we can have a better conversation about things like the efficacy of advanced interrogation techniques,” he said. said.

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