UK secret service recruiting on Facebook

UK secret service recruiting on Facebook

Summary: MI6, a branch of the UK's secret service, is using Facebook as part of a recent recruitment drive to find the "next generation of spies".

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MI6, a branch of the UK's secret service, is using Facebook as part of a recent recruitment drive to find the "next generation of spies", reports The Guardian newspaper.

The ads, which begun appearing on the so-called social utility, reflect a change in tactics first introduced in 2006. Rather than targeting top tier Universities only, MI6 is reaching out via a number of public channels in the hope of attracting candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Last year the CIA also began using Facebook to reach out to potential candidates.

"A number of public channels are used to promote job opportunities in the organisation and Facebook is a recent example of this," a UK Foreign Office spokeswoman tells The Guardian.

Three ads are currently running on Facebook, the first of which targets graduates.

"Graduates of all ages can develop long-term careers as operational officers, collecting and analysing global intelligence."

A second ad is aimed at those looking to switch jobs - "Time for a career change? MI6 can use your skills - while the third ad attempts to play up MI6's potential to shape history. "A career in world events? Help influence world events, protect the UK."

Targeting virtual hangouts such as Facebook marks a real departure from MI6's traditional methods of recruitment in which, as The Guardian notes, "recruits joined after getting a tap on the shoulder while studying at a leading university."

Perhaps instead of a tap on the shoulder, potential candidates can now expect to be poked. That's progress I guess :-)

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  • Good move.

    Now MI6 can have its operatives posting their comings and goings for all the world to see.
    IT_Guy_z
    • RE: Good move.

      They can use the twitter app to post their movements to facebook for them via SMS!
      EdNetman
  • RE: UK secret service recruiting on Facebook

    have you just seen it, come on its been going on for years look at 1396 !??(^ or ^(??! its just a cover for the 2005 tube shooting i was shitting my pants once but now i have it all down on papper so f--- them
    mslovescash
    • got it

      no one got it
      mslovescash
  • RE: UK secret service recruiting on Facebook

    I HAD THE SAME THOUGHTS THE OTHER DAY FIGURING IT OUT IN MY HEAD, BUT PEOPLE THINK IM MAD
    KARLALO