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US terrorist attack warnings to be made on Twitter and Facebook

Guardian: The terror alert system brought in by the US government after the 9/11 attacks is to be scrapped and replaced with warnings on Twitter and Facebook.

Under a new system set to be introduced on 27 April, US terror alerts will have just two levels – elevated and imminent – and sometimes be broadcast on social networking websites.

The colour-coded warnings introduced almost 10 years ago will be phased out in the move – a big departure for security officials who have struggled with how much information to reveal about terror plots.

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