"Hey, guys, the NSA now has a public relations Twitter account," people on Twitter said today. Except that it's obviously, idiotically fake. Why would anyone bother?
In case you can't tell from the account's tweets, a representative from the NSA confirmed by phone with The Atlantic Wire: It's fake. "The NSA public affairs office does not have a Twitter account," we were told, though the recruitment department does.
But you should have been able to tell from the tweets. Like this one:
Note that the link doesn't work. Or this one, celebrating the widely-mocked kids area of the agency website, which has been around for nearly a decade.
The NSA would not 1) link to that again, in this moment, 2) make a Simpsons joke while doing so.
So who fell for it? Lots of people. Like, apparently, the Guardian's (excellent) reporter Spencer Ackerman and internet guru Clay Shirky. Both of whom should know better and, deep inside, probably do.