James Comey – breaking all the rules by having a Twitter account?
Federal Bureau of Investigation – James Comey -Twitter
Earlier this week as I was enjoying my time off I noted a slew of stories about a reporter who claims to have uncovered the FBI Director James Comey’s Twitter account.
After the initial announcement hit, story after story followed in what would appear as shock and awe over the fact that James even has a Twitter account.
I sat back stumped over the ordeal in shock myself but not because James has any social media account, I was more shocked that the media played it up so much. I’ve often pointed out that those in law enforcement, are after all, human beings pretty much like the rest of us so what is the big deal over James having a Twitter account or any other form of social media?
The big deal is smoke and mirrors, it must have been a slower than usual news week. He isn’t breaking any rules, up to and including rules that have to do with national security. He maintains social media accounts to keep in touch with family and loved ones.
Big deal, so he is like the majority of the world in that respect.
So as the story goes at a dinner James made an off the cusp remark that he does in fact maintain secret social media accounts and as luck would have it, one of those accounts happens to have 9 followers that are relatives of his.
While some have referred to it as being great sleuthing, I see it more as cyber stalking, Gizmodo’s Ashley Feinberg took it upon herself to unmask and reveal to the world Director James Comey’s twitter account or rather what she thinks is his twitter account. And as further luck would have it, she did in fact reveal his Twitter name.
The picture she painted about how she was able to find the account is reminiscent of what stalkers in the past have done to find my hidden accounts on social media.
I’ll refrain from publishing the name of the said account, I mean after all it could very well be his personal account, what gets me is that the media seems to feel that it is okay to cyber stalk the Director of the FBI and label it “sleuthing.”
By all accounts it is a form of stalking and very much in poor taste. It could be labeled criminal because for no other reason it is ripe with malicious intent.
To humiliate, to prove a point to the intended victim, to reveal personal information about the victim without the consent of the victim, either way that you look at it, it was a move based on some very poor judgement and shows how completely low the media will go just to prove a point in a rather ugly way.
It is a disgusting attempt at reporting on something that is not even news worthy.
Way to go to Gizmodo’s Ashley Feinberg.Cristal M Clark