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Thursday, June 18 12:00 AM ET

Twitter Hiring Guerrilla Force to Bring Down Repressive Governments

By Brian Briggs


San Francisco, CA - Recent job postings by the microblogging service Twitter reveal the company's plans to hire a guerrilla Tweeting force to bring down repressive governments around the globe, and have been confirmed by the company.

Covert TwopsFresh from their success of helping protesters of the presidential election in Iran communicate, the company posted several openings on their corporate site for "Global Political Consultants" with experience as "covert CIA operatives."

Skills required include "government destabilization, mob mobilization and good writing skills." Fluency in other languages an asset, but not required.

Twitter CEO Evan Williams confirmed the formation of the Covert Twops division in a phone interview. He said, "We see this as a business model that people can get behind. We'll make our covert twoperatives available to dissidents and rebels for a fee. Once hired they can be summoned with the reserved #twoperatives tag."

Williams denied working with the US Government to organize the force. "We don't take directives from the US government. In fact, for the right price we'll bring them down too."

Social media experts declared this a new era in social media. "The move by Twitter shows we are ready to embark on the era of geopolitical domination by Twitter," said Steve Trasker who follows over 25,000 people on Twitter but not Ashton Kutcher.

Many Twitterers expressed support of the idea. "It's good that Twitter will be used as a force of good in the world, but I'm more pleased with the fact that they won't be resorting to intrusive ads in my Twitter stream," said @therevolutionwillnotbeadvertised.

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Williams didn't say when he expected the force to be available for public use, only that beta tests of the group would begin later in the year.

Responding to the move social media site Facebook announced they would put up a CIA fan page and release an updated, "Which historical revolutionary are you?" quiz.

Officials at the US Defense Department said they were "closely monitoring" the situation at Twitter, and denied that troops were massing outside San Francisco to storm Twitter's headquarters.

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