One of the new Instagram users is MI5 which officially joined the social media platform recently. Being one of the latest intelligence agencies to try its hand at it, they hope to debunk the myths about the art of spying.
Mentioned in a statement on their website said that MI5 has stepped out of the shadows and joined Instagram with the aim of lifting the lid on what it’s really like to work at the Security Service.
The statement further stated, “MI5’s social media content will bust popular myths about its work, explain the world of intelligence, promote career opportunities, and bring to life events in MI5’s 112-year past. Followers can also expect interactive content, including the opportunity to engage in Q&As with intelligence officers.”
“In his first media engagement as the new Director-General in October 2020, Ken McCallum explained, ‘If I want one thing to characterise my tenure in this role, it’s for MI5 to open up and reach out in new ways’,” the statement mentioned. It continued, “He stressed the importance for MI5 to communicate more about its work saying: ‘Much of what we do needs to remain invisible, but what we are doesn't have to be. In fact, opening up will be key to our future success’.”
According to the press release, the intelligence agency hopes that Instagram will also provide a new way of communicating with younger audiences. In the statement, “Ken McCallum stressed that 'MI5 really does need a rich mix of talented people, from across all the UK’s communities. In today’s wonderfully diverse UK we want to spread our net as widely as possible, including crucially to people who haven’t ever thought of applying here'.”
Apparently, the agency’s ‘move into social media follows a series of notable ‘firsts’ for the organisation.’
One of the first posts on the social media account were that of MI5 HQ in Thames House, London.