– Secret Service: Contact Us to ‘Report a Tweet’ (CNS News, Aug 6, 2013):
On a day when terror threats continued to dominate the U.S. headlines, the Secret Service — a division of the Homeland Security Department since 2003 — tweeted the following message:
“Contact your nearest field office with time-sensitive or critical info or to report a tweet,” said one message.
That tweet from the Secret Service links to telephone numbers for every Secret Service office in the U.S. or its territories (there are 117 of them) and all 20 Secret Service offices overseas.
In a separate tweet on Tuesday morning, the Secret Service asked, “Have you seen any of our Most Wanted?” This tweet links to a list of suspects, most wanted for theft or fraud. None are listed as suspected terrorists.
This is not the first time the Secret Service has asked its Twitter followers to tell on other subscribers.
As CNSNews.com reported last October, the Secret Service asked Americans to report tweets that “concern you.”
As of Tuesday morning, the Secret Service had more than 67,000 followers on Twitter.
In May 2011, the Secret Service announced it would begin using social media sites to “supplement our recruitment efforts” as well as to send information to “businesses and individuals who are interested in information from our agency.”
It said the @SecretService Twitter account “will be used to highlight the Secret Service’s investigative mission, share press releases from the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, distribute information to local communities hosting National Special Security Events, explore Secret Service history and promote upcoming recruitment opportunities.”