U.S. to Use Facebook, Twitter to Issue Terror Alerts

April 7, 2011 - 9:20 AM

Washington (AP) - The government's color-coded warning system is being replaced with a more specific and informative plan that would offer two levels of alerts -- elevated and imminent.

According to a draft Homeland Security Department plan obtained by The Associated Press, the public could see the warnings on Facebook and Twitter.

The color-coded system has been one of the government's most visible counterterrorism tools since 9/11.

The government's terror warnings could be withheld from the public entirely if announcing a threat would risk exposing an intelligence operation or an ongoing investigation, according to the government's confidential plan. The new system is expected to be in place by April 27.