State spent more than $600k to attract Facebook fans
July 3rd, 2013
05:10 PM ET

State spent more than $600k to attract Facebook fans

By CNN's Ashley Killough

The State Department has dramatically cut its funding for social media after an inspector general's report found the department spent excessive amounts on advertising for some of its Facebook pages.

"We take the valuable feedback of the (Office of Inspector General) seriously, and we're committed to addressing the recommendations and the concern outlined in this assessment," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday in the daily press briefing.

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  1. Lincoln Burns in Hell

    Our 'leaders' are insane. We're f****d. Good night.

    July 6, 2013 at 12:36 am | Reply
  2. EbonyDelite

    We've bought foreign friends for decades. Now we have to buy friends here at home? Sad commentary!

    July 5, 2013 at 12:56 am | Reply
  3. Fred

    DoS does some interesting things with technology. Don't forget that Psiphone was a DoS project as well.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/22/world/meast/syria-cyberwar

    July 4, 2013 at 7:12 am | Reply
  4. MIB

    Tried Facebook then when ever I searched for something all these ads kept popping up for things I searched for. Goodby Facebook. Social media keep it. No thanks Big Brother

    July 4, 2013 at 5:00 am | Reply
  5. Clarke

    "We take the valuable feedback of the (Office of Inspector General) seriously, and we're committed to addressing the recommendations and the concern outlined in this assessment," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday in the daily press briefing.

    That is a pat answer that people accept. If that is a true statement, then why spend 600k of tax payers money, with out our approval.

    July 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • X

      I guess you're new here. The DoD spends billions without, er, "your" approval. If you'd like to change that then you should start elsewhere besides comments on "news" websites. The office of the IG is comprised of members from all areas of the military and usually people that are well accomplished in their fields that also have specific expertise in that field near (direct and adjacent) to the issue at hand. A quick and easy start to changing the military is to change its Commander in Chief. Aka The President.

      July 7, 2013 at 4:28 am | Reply

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