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Whoops: Secret Service apologizes for errant tweet

This could be a prank, or someone at the U.S. Secret Service really doesn’t like Fox News. An errant tweet reportedly went out from its recently launched Twitter feed:

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s “ambassador to the web,” @WeatherBird, captured a screen grab of the tweet. There have been errant tweets sent out by social media folks thinking they are on their own personal accounts when they are very much not. On the other hand, there are fake tweet generators. And one would assume the Secret Service would be better protected against leaks.

Update: Whoops. Content of the tweet aside, this makes my heart hurt for all hard-working, trigger-happy social media folk who risk errant tweets every day.

The Secret Service got back to a request for comment. Turns out, it was a mistake.

Their statement: “An employee with access to the Secret Service's Twitter account, who mistakenly believed they were on their personal account, posted an unapproved and inappropriate tweet. The tweet contained no vulgarity, security or pertinent agency information. The tweet did not reflect the views of the U.S. Secret Service and it was immediately removed.

“We apologize for this mistake, and the user no longer has access to our official account.  Policies and practices which would have prevented this were not followed and will be reinforced for all account users. We will ensure existing policies are strictly adhered to in order to prevent this mistake from being repeated, and we are conducting appropriate internal follow-up.”


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