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Secret Service Twitter Misstep Followed By Apology From Agency

First Posted: 05/18/11 07:15 PM ET Updated: 07/18/11 06:12 AM ET

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The U.S. Secret Service issued an apology on Wednesday after an eyebrow-raising tweet went out on the agency's official Twitter account (@SecretService), which was just activated last week.

The tweet, which stirred buzz despite swiftly being taken down, read: "Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can't. Deal. With. The. Blathering."

According to CNN, the Secret Service released a statement addressing the social media misstep.

"An employee with access to the Secret Service's Twitter account, who mistakenly believed they were on their personal account, posted an unapproved and inappropriate tweet," the agency said. "We apologize for this mistake, and the user no longer has access to our official account. Policies and practices which would have prevented this were not followed and will be reinforced for all account users."

At the time the Secret Service launched its Twitter presence, a spokesperson for the agency told CBS News, "The @secretservice Twitter account will be used to highlight the Secret Service's investigative mission, share press releases from the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, distribute information to local communities hosting National Special Security Events, explore Secret Service history and promote upcoming recruitment opportunities."

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