U.S. to Use Social Media to Notify Americans of Terror Alerts

airport terminal 150x150 U.S. to Use Social Media to Notify Americans of Terror AlertsIn an effort to create a more effective terror alert system, the U.S. government will begin to alert Americans of raised threats via Facebook and Twitter, USA Today reported.

A new two-level warning system—elevated and imminent—will replace the current five color-coded system. The warnings will only be relayed to the public under certain circumstances and for limited periods of time. Some of these warnings will be withheld completely from the public if they are deemed “risky” by exposing an intelligence operation or a current investigation. Each warning will have an expiration date.

The intent behind the new system is to make alerts more specific and clear, a common complaint of the current system.

The alerts will be posted to social media sites only after federal, state and local governments have been notified. The new system is slated to be in place by April 27.

To read the full article, visit http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2011-04-07-terror-alerts_N.htm

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