Last Thursday, Haspel spoke at Auburn University in Alabama and mentioned that the CIA will soon open an account on Instagram. The agency already has Facebook and Twitter accounts, and they are eager to have a young talent with memes. Instagram will be the latest social media platform for the intelligence agency.
"Of course, the CIA does have a Twitter account," Haspel said on Thursday. “Our public affairs office is preparing to launch our Instagram account.” It’s unclear when the account will be officially launched or what the purpose is, but according to Mashable, there is already a placeholder page with random code waiting to the public. release.
An Instagram spokesperson told The Verge on Monday, "Our team works with the CIA, just as they work with many partners to provide best practices and guidance when launching an Instagram account."
While social media platforms may be unusual to work with federal intelligence agencies, this is not unheard of. Twitter officials have also worked with federal legislators and agencies to launch their social media accounts. After the 2018 elections, like the previous elections, Twitter worked with the congressional committee and legislators to ensure a smooth transition from one session of Congress to the next. Other federal agencies, such as the FBI and TSA, also have an Instagram account.