The US Will Use Twitter and Facebook to Issue Terror Alerts


Chris Gayomali
Time Techland
April 7, 2011

The U.S. government is working on a new warning system to replace their oft criticized five-color coded terror index, and according to a new document obtained by The Associated Press, they’re turning to Facebook and Twitter.

The AP reports:

The 19-page document, marked “for official use only” and dated April 1, describes the step-by-step process that would occur behind the scenes when the government believes terrorists might be threatening Americans. It describes the sequence of notifying members of Congress, then counterterrorism officials in states and cities and then governors and mayors and, ultimately, the public.

The document insists that terror warnings would only be issued “when appropriate,” and only after the proper authorities have been alerted first. The implementation is said to take effect as soon as April 27.

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