Homeland Security to issue alerts through Facebook, Twitter

Homeland Security is looking to revamp its current terror alerts system. For one, it plans to change the amount of warning levels to just two (elevated and imminent) and to use discretion when publicizing that information. No longer will there be color codes. But secondly, if they decide to relay the information to the public, they plan to use Facebook and Twitter.

According to a draft of this new plan, obtained by the Associated Press, "some terror warnings could be withheld from the public if announcing a threat" could risk an intelligence operation. But "when appropriate," the new terror alerts would be published online through Twitter and Facebook alongside other, more traditional mediums.

Facebook and Twitter have both been vital in times of disaster around the world. Recently, Twitter helped a man find his long lost daughter in less than three days, and a missing boy in a matter of three hours. Facebook has even helped a resident Neowin reporter find his family. Those stories, however, don't carry the gravitas of how social networking has been helpful in times like the the Haiti earthquake, the Chile earthquake, the Iran elections, or even the natural disaster crises Japan has been dealing with recently.

Alerts would have to go through the White House, the FBI, the National Counter-terrorism Center, and federal, state, and local governments before they are broadcast through Facebook and Twitter according to the draft. The new plan, which targets simplifying alerts and using these social media outlets, is expected to take action on April 27th.

"The plan is not yet final, as we will continue to meet and exercise with our partners to finalize a plan that meets everyone's needs," Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said.

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UndergroundWire said,
From Homeland Security Facebook Page: "35 Dead in New York City Dirty Bomb Explosion"

Facebook User clicks on "I Like This"

*Face Palm*

Lmao

UndergroundWire said,
From Homeland Security Facebook Page: "35 Dead in New York City Dirty Bomb Explosion"

Facebook User clicks on "I Like This"

*Face Palm*

LOL

Well. To be perfectly honest. It's not like we'll ever need to worry about it (knock on wood). Because Facebook will be the first place information and alerts are coming from lol.

Good stuff. Nice to see them adapt. I have a feeling Obama and his techiness had something to do with this. Glad they're doing it though.

Alladaskill17 said,
But what if the imminent alert gets lost in my feed with all the drunk pictures of my college friends

Neo003 said,
Is anyone else getting tired of this twitter and facebook thing.

Yes, but at least they are trying to adapt. It's an interconnected world. Heck, some people say Twitter brought down Mubarak.

Neo003 said,
Is anyone else getting tired of this twitter and facebook thing.

GETTING tired? How about GETTING sick?

Sure am glad I have real friends and I even WALK to some of their houses!!

So, what happens when the lousy security that is Facebook and Twitter breaches the Homeland Security information?

cork1958 said,

GETTING tired? How about GETTING sick?

Sure am glad I have real friends and I even WALK to some of their houses!!

So, what happens when the lousy security that is Facebook and Twitter breaches the Homeland Security information?

Really? How stupid. NO sensitive data would be on either Facebook or Twitter. Just alerts.

Neo003 said,
Is anyone else getting tired of this twitter and facebook thing.

FaCebook made/created by CIA anyway. Small/careful steps every time. If you tired already that you're at the beginning... Imagine later!

By the way, nowadays an "AntiSocial" list is a must, like privacy or normal filters.

https://adversity.googlecode.com/hg/Antisocial.txt

Paste/install the link in ABP. Light and very effective list.

Neo003 said,
Is anyone else getting tired of this twitter and facebook thing.

I get tired of people like you who complain about it. If you don't like it, don't use it and don't read news stories about it. End of story.

DerekMorgan said,
Really? How stupid. NO sensitive data would be on either Facebook or Twitter. Just alerts.

You truly have faith that the data behind the connection will be secure? Some Bureaucrat looking to save money ends up causing servers to be consolidated and it gets out there. This crap happens way to often to feel warm and fuzy...

wixostrix said,
Duh, I hope there is a huge alert in my feed if the country is under attack!

@HomelandSecurity #Terrorist have attacked Los Angels. Jack Bauer is on the scene. Please RT!

Oooo look, #Terrorist is trending on Twitter.

UndergroundWire said,

@HomelandSecurity #Terrorist have attacked Los Angels. Jack Bauer is on the scene. Please RT!

Oooo look, #Terrorist is trending on Twitter.

Lol