Why did the Pentagon recently close one federal agency’s Twitter account?

Answer: They made a joke.

by News Staff / September 23, 2013
The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force. Wikipedia

The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) had its own Twitter account, until a staff member tweeted in response to two explosions at movie theaters in the Philippines. The tweet read, “Were they re-showing Gigli? Bomb explosions occur at 2 movie theaters in the Philippines... the IED is a global threat.” The Twitter account was closed shortly after. The agency apologized and said the joke was in poor taste.