Bin Laden death: CIA panned for live-tweeting 'news'

close up of Osama Bin Laden's face
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been criticised online for live-tweeting the killing of Osama Bin Laden as it happened five years ago.

It has shared details of the mission and intelligence that led to America's most wanted man being found.

But reaction has been largely negative, with one Twitter user calling the move "grotesque and embarrassing".

Others posted memes and gifs of people rolling their eyes and putting their heads in their hands.

The CIA's other tweets mostly concern historical trivia and artefacts.
The leader of al-Qaeda, who was thought to have ordered the 9/11 attacks, was shot dead at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011 after evading capture by the US and its allies for nearly a decade.
The CIA's tweet announcing its plans to "live-tweet" the raid was favourited more than 2,000 times on Twitter

Tweet: @CIA - To mark the 5th anniversary of the Usama Bin Ladin operation in Abbottabad we will tweet the raid as if it were happening today. #UBLRaid

Some Twitter users thought it was inappropriate

Tweet: This is grotesque and embarrassing. You should fire your web team. 

Tweet: This is unprofessional and not befitting the mission of the agency and it disrespects the serious work done by everyone involved. 

A few people offered messages of support

Tweet: Thank to You Beloved Patriots for all You do For WeThePeople.


Tweet: good job!

Credit: BBC