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CIA should not have ‘live-tweeted’ Bin Laden raid, critics say

Was live-tweeting the Osama Bin Laden raid a good idea?

Five years after the CIA's raid of Osama Bin Laden's compound, the CIA took to Twitter to mark the anniversary by live tweeting a detailed account of the operation. Twitter certainly wasted no time reacting to the controversial campaign, but here'
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Five years after the CIA's raid of Osama Bin Laden's compound, the CIA took to Twitter to mark the anniversary by live tweeting a detailed account of the operation. Twitter certainly wasted no time reacting to the controversial campaign, but here'

Twitter users reacted with criticism and confusion after the CIA “live-tweeted” the Osama Bin Laden raid that ended with his death five years ago. The “live-tweets,” posted Sunday as if they were happening in the present, drew critics long after the agency’s tweets concluded.

Many users wrote the tweets were “embarrassing” and suggested the CIA should call off the social media experiment:

Others trolled the CIA by accusing them of faking the raid, or asking where Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Chastain was. But a few found the tweets inspiring:

It’s not the first time the agency has tried to “live-tweet” major events in history. The CIA did a similar tweet last June to mark North Korea’s invasion of South Korea in 1950, but without indicating it was a throwback post, causing some to think the country was currently being attacked.

Read the CIA’s “live-tweets” here:

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