The Secret Service joined Twitter only a few weeks ago, but after an accidental post complaining about having to watch the Fox News cable channel, it’s clear that the agency is still getting the hang of social media.
“Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering.,” the U.S. Secret Service’s official feed read on Wednesday. It was promptly deleted.
The agency’s Office of Government and Public Affairs is responsible for the feed, and the misfired tweet was posted by an employee’s iPad who thought it would go on a personal account, the agency said, calling it an “unapproved and inappropriate tweet.”
“We apologize for this mistake, and the user no longer has access to our official account,” a statement from the agency read. “Policies and practices which would have prevented this were not followed and will be reinforced for all account users.”
The agency typically uses the feed to send out press releases, announce job openings and make security alerts.