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‘Now it’s your turn to follow us’; CSIS joins Twitter

Stewart Bell, National Post

, Last Updated: 3:19 PM ET

TORONTOCanada’s intelligence service posted its first tweet on Wednesday, joining the Central Intelligence Agency and other secretive government organizations that have ventured into social media.

“Now it’s your turn to follow us,” the Canadian Security Intelligence Service wrote on its new @CSISCanada account. The handle @CSIS was already taken by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

Among the first to follow CSIS was the CIA, which joined Twitter in 2014 with the post, “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.” The @CIA account is heavy on history rather than actual intelligence.

While CSIS already had a Twitter account for job openings, the new one appears to be an attempt to demystify the agency to Canadians who are sometimes wary of what it does in the name of national security.

“Speaking publicly on the nature of our work isn’t always easy, but we want CSIS to be more accessible, and want to help the public understand more about our work,” Director Michel Coulombe said in a statement.

Canada’s signal’s intelligence agency, the Communications Security Establishment, which has been tweeting since April, welcomed CSIS to Twitter with what it called “some neighborly advice: ‘password’ is never a good password.”

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