US to Use Facebook, Twitter to Issue Terror Alerts

Thursday, 07 Apr 2011 05:14 PM

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's color-coded warning system is being replaced with a more specific and informative plan that would offer two levels of alerts — elevated and imminent.

According to a draft Homeland Security Department plan obtained by The Associated Press, the public could see the warnings on Facebook and Twitter.

The color-coded system has been one of the government's most visible counterterrorism tools since 9/11.

The government's terror warnings could be withheld from the public entirely if announcing a threat would risk exposing an intelligence operation or an ongoing investigation, according to the government's confidential plan. The new system is expected to be in place by April 27.

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