Social Media Strategy of the Day: State Department Spent $630,000 on Facebook 'Likes'

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Now that the whole world knows for certain that American taxpayers' money has been funding the surveillance of citizens and foreign governments, try wrapping your heads around this one: Between 2011 and 2013, U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs spent $630,000 on racking up Facebook "likes." According to a report recently published by The Office of Inspector General, which was prompted after several Department employees filed a complaint about the expenses, the State Department actively maintains four separate Facebook pages, from which they have accumulated more than 2 million likes over the last two years.

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