US Secret Service Apology for Twitter Remark: Fox on Receiving End

It was only yesterday that OSM’s Mike Smith reported on a young boy being questioned by the Secret Service after a comment he made about President Obama on Facebook. Now we have more news about the U.S. Secret Service, this time with the organization having to apologize for a remark made on Twitter about Fox News.

This is a story that highlights what happens when a remark meant for a personal social media account accidentally makes its way onto a organization’s account, as in the recent Red Cross Twitter embarrassment. The official Secret Service Twitter account put out a tweet yesterday that read “Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering,” according to Mark Memmott over on NPR. Of course it was quickly deleted but not before screenshots were taken or before it had already been retweeted by the Secret Service’s 20,000 plus followers on Twitter.

A statement issued by the Secret Service told how an employee who believed he or she was posting it on their personal Twitter account had posted the tweet. The statement added, “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.” Spokesman Edwin Donovan asserted that Fox News wasn’t being targeted for special attention adding, “We monitor all the different news agencies throughout the day.”

As the Secret Service Twitter account only went live recently it’s amazing how quickly the organization has slipped up. What are your thoughts on this Secret Service error? Why not send us your comments but remember, walls have ears!