The UK Spy Agency MI5 joined Instagram on Thursday, to join other intelligence agencies on social media. This is an effort by the spy agency to recruit new talent in their organization. Instagram is a popular social media platform for users to post vacation selfies, food pictures, and pictures of friends and families, and now will also feature the famous MI5, the intelligence agency from Britain with its handsome tuxedoed men who drink martinis.
Why U.K. Spy Agency MI5 Joined Instagram?
The official handle of the UK spy agency on Instagram is @MI5official, they will try to bust the myth about the art of spying and help the world understand the world of intelligence and portray the organization’s history.
With this, the agency hopes the new approach will attract more applicants from diverse professions and eliminate people ruling themselves out based on perceived barriers such as socioeconomic background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability, or which part of the country they happen to have been born in.
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The MI5 Instagram bio says – “We are MI5. We keep the UK safe from threats to national security.”
The first post on Instagram is of the pods at the entrance to its London headquarters in Thames House. The image gained a huge response with a number of comments.
Some of the comments wrote “Anyway can I be a spy?”, while others wrote “Can’t for the life of me work out the perspective on this pic but then again I did just wake up,”
Its debut post was a photo of the “pods” at the entrance of the agency’s London headquarters in Thames House. The off-kilter image drew comments, some confused, from hundreds of Instagram users. “Can’t for the life of me work out the perspective on this pic but then again I did just wake up,” one wrote. “Anyway can I be a spy?”
“The secret to successful spying? Consider all angles,” the caption under the photo reads. “It’ll give you a better view.”
The caption under the picture read “The secret to successful spying? Consider all angles. It’ll give you a better view.”
According to Michael Landon-Murray, a professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs who has researched social media use by American intelligence agencies, social media has become a part of “image and brand management” for intelligence agencies and “a box that needs to be checked.”
Other intelligence agencies to join the social media bandwagon include the FBI, CIA who have an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, and YouTube.