When the FBI announced its decision to shut down its social media platform in October, it was met with criticism.
A few months earlier, the agency had announced plans to shutter its public Twitter account, and it was rumored that the bureau would be hiring new staffers to help run the platform.
The FBI’s social media team was reportedly struggling to maintain the public visibility it had gained over the last two years, which was in part due to the massive scale of the investigation.
In the end, the bureau decided to shutter the social media account, but it wasn’t the end of the story.
While the FBI has a lot of money and power, it’s also a public service, and the agency should not be able to shut off its public social media presence for political reasons.
Instead, the decision to shutter social media could have dire consequences for the FBI and its staff.
A major focus of the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election was Russia’s use of social media to spread disinformation and propaganda, and to influence the U.S. election in ways that favored Donald Trump and his allies.
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