When we wrote about the US Secret Service joining Twitter on May 10th, we didn’t think they’d embarrass themselves so soon. But it’s happened: a “rogue” tweet made its way onto the Secret Service’s Twitter account (@SecretService), and it just so happened to bash one of the largest TV news networks in the country.
The offending tweet was clearly meant for a personal account (a mistake we’ve seen time and time again lately), but it made its way onto the official Secret Service Twitter account. Here’s the tweet:
The “blathering” on Fox clearly got to a particular employee, and he or she just had to share. In all likelihood, the employee was using a Twitter dashboard like HootSuite which had both the Secret Service and their own personal account attached. It’s an easy slip of the mouse to post to the wrong account (although HootSuite did introduce a secure account verification feature recently).
As NPR reports, the tweet was removed quickly, but still prompted Edwin Donoovan, spokesperson for the Secret Service, to respond to the media:
“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 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.”
He also specified that Fox wasn’t singled out, but that the Secret Service monitors a variety of news programs throughout the day.
Image of the tweet courtesy of NPR