US to use Facebook, Twitter to issue terror alerts



US to use Facebook, Twitter to issue terror alerts Washington: The US government's colour- coded warning system is being replaced with a more specific and informative plan that would offer two levels of alerts -- elevated and imminent.

According to a draft Homeland Security Department plan obtained by The Associated Press, the public could see the warnings on Facebook and Twitter.

The colour-coded system has been one of the government's most visible counter-terrorism tools since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The government's terror warnings could be withheld from the public entirely if announcing a threat would risk exposing an intelligence operation or a current investigation, according to the government's confidential plan. The new system is expected to be in place by April 27.

PTI