MI5 joining Instagram today to ‘reach out in new ways’


MI5 is keen to shake off some stereotypes that may or may not have been popularised by James Bond

MI5 is opening an official Instagram account today to bust popular myths and reveal never-before-seen archive material.

Users will be able to follow the Secret Service via @mi5official. The organisation says it is using the social media site to be more transparent about its work.

The platform will be used for online Q&As with serving intelligence officers, as well as promoting career opportunities.

Historical exhibits from MI5’s museum, located in the basement of the agency’s London headquarters, will also be shared for the first time.

It comes after new director general Ken McCallum said in his first media engagement in October that he wants MI5 to ‘open up and reach out in new ways’, particularly in communicating with younger audiences.

‘Much of what we do needs to remain invisible, but what we are doesn’t have to be,’ he said.

‘In fact, opening up is key to our future success.’

He added: ‘We must get past whatever martini-drinking stereotypes may be lingering by conveying a bit more of what today’s MI5 is actually like, so that people don’t rule themselves out based on perceived barriers such as socio-economic background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability, or which part of the country they happen to have been born in.’

The agency follows GCHQ, which joined the Facebook-owned social network in October 2018.


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