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Is communicating via Social Media an acceptable format for world leaders?

US President Donald Trump has defended his use of social media in a series of tweets, following a row over comments he made about two MSNBC TV presenters.

“My use of social media is not presidential – it’s modern day presidential,” he tweeted on Saturday.

Mr Trump’s aides have previously expressed concern over his tweets.

But the president said on Saturday that social media gave him the opportunity to connect directly to the public, bypassing the mainstream media, whose content Mr Trump regularly labels as “fake news”.

Jeremy Corbyn harnessed the youth vote in the recent General Election campaign using social media, which seemed to be very effective for him.

What are your views?  Do you like this direct communication? Would you like to see leaders of our country directly communicating to you via social media? Or do you prefer the more traditional reporting methods?

Is communicating via Social Media an acceptable format for world leaders?

86 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes - it's the new modern way forward No - I don't find this method acceptable

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Sueh66
1st Aug 2017
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In my opinion, tweeting demeans the office of the president of the U.S.A.
Lizard
22nd Jul 2017
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While it may not be deemed "proper" for President Trump to use Twitter, it is one of his few venues to get his views across due to the media bias in our country.
Roof Top Crow
10th Jul 2017
5
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There is a big plus in Donald Trump using Twitter. Every day it reminds the Republican Party of the mistake they have made and it gives the other world leaders an insight into the thinking of the current President of America.

I was going to write “an understanding of the thinking of Donald Trump” but words like, thinking, balance, logic and understanding, do not seem to fit together with Donald Trump.
Hanny
8th Jul 2017
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No I do not find commenting on Social Media
the correct method for World Leaders. I find
it diminishes the actual point they may be making.
grannyhubbard
7th Jul 2017
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I think it's disgusting and childish...really head of a country ranting on twitter...not on!
Pete H
7th Jul 2017
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Clearly politicians need to embrace social media but I do worry that the people who only get their politics and news from twitter in short form are never going to grasp the complexities of some of the challenging issues that we face. This was a major issue during the EU referendum where a hugely complicated range of issues was diluted into simple twitter soundbites (often inaccurate) such as the £350 million a day falsely promised for the NHS.

Jeremy Corbyn was very effective in bribing the students to vote for him, battering them via social media with his promises to pay off student debts but the worry is that people only get news from the people that they 'Like' online and will never get a balanced view as these channels are totally unregulated and more likely to promote 'fake news' than traditional media.

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Pauline52
11th Jul 2017
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You could say exactly the same thing about people who only get their updates from one newspaper or TV channel. Social media encourages debate, so more viewpoints are readily available for consideration- for those who are willing to engage with a different point of view at least.
issy1234
7th Jul 2017
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HE IS THE BOSS OF THE USA SO HE SHOULD DO THINGS THE WAY HE THINKS BEST
jeanmark
7th Jul 2017
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Not went it has a negative effect on the very people he represents, he doesn't own the US only thinks he does.
JohnHerb
5th Jul 2017
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I worry that its a bit like sending emails verses writing. When you write you need to think and draft something out essentially. Now in the extreme if Mr Trump sent a very aggressive message out about a nation they could quickly react very badly. Its not exactly statescraft is it? I am sure some nations like the Chinese and Japanese for example think carefully before sending out a message...not just a shotgun, blasting away approach
jeanmark
6th Jul 2017
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Totally agree JohnHerb and Donald Trump doesn't believe he has to think what he writes as he is the President and can say what he likes. Social media can be useful but only when used appropriately.
pansy-potter
5th Jul 2017
3
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This method trivialises the message.
MaryE6
4th Jul 2017
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I was torn over which way to vote on this; I have no objection to world leaders using Twitter per se, look at the Pope and Barak Obama, both of whom make calm reasoned comments using media, and hasn't Her Maj got a Twitter account (don't know whether she uses it mind you). Yes it is a modern way of communicating that's here to stay. I do object to the way that Trump uses it to spew forth his latest ramblings, saying spiteful and unnecessarily insulting things about things and people who he feels have offended him. That's not presidential in any way.
Pauline52
11th Jul 2017
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But we do find out what he's really like which wouldn't happen if we only saw the edited versions of carefully constructed letters!

Anyone using social media to get their message across should recognise the potential effects of their few words on Twitter - the fact that Trump doesn't seem to think before he transmits tells us a lot about his character.
Surfergirl
3rd Jul 2017
6
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His comments are like a spoilt child that's not getting everything he wants and are not acceptable in any way, shape or form.
If he's able, he should get on with the job he was elected to do and not throwing temper tantrums every two minutes and don't get me started on his climate change decision.
Lionel
3rd Jul 2017
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At least Twitter is limited to, is it 140 characters, so no long rants without a breath.

What about accountability? Can we say social media posts are statements of policy, intent or just ramblings? If the latter, what value are they? And how do we know it is Donald Trump posting?

As far as connecting with the young voters is concerned, it seems to me social media grand standing is stooping very low indeed when we ought to be elevating them above their devices, if only for a moment or two.
Roof Top Crow
10th Jul 2017
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I admit it is difficult to keep up with social media and understand how it is used by young voters. But in my experience social media news sources give a much wider and more balanced perspective than the newspapers.
Lionel
10th Jul 2017
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You are quite right! SM is unfettered by MSM conventions and bias. To that extent it is a very valuable source of information.
Northern Silver
3rd Jul 2017
9
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The problem is not that Trump uses Twitter. The problem is that he uses it like as obnoxious private citizen, rather than as a president. A president shouldn't be abusive or personal in his tweets.
He calls it 'modern day presidential' but this is disingenuous and not true.
(For an example of a president using Twitter and respecting the office of president, look at Obamas tweets.)
One day, historians are going to write books about Trumps astonishing and inappropriate use of social media, and how the Office of president was diminished by his misuse of Twitter.
CaroleAH
3rd Jul 2017
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Well said, Northern Silver! If reports in the media can be believed then Trump is belittling the status of his presidential role.
Pam1960
3rd Jul 2017
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I think it is the way forward especially with regards to reaching out to the younger generation. However I think posts should be restricted to policy. I think all leaders should not be making derogatory comments, getting into snagging matches and playing one-upmanship, we elect them to lead by example which unfortunately Donald Trump does not appear to be doing
Wilf
2nd Jul 2017
5
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Yes its got to be the way forward. Humans progress its called evolution. Technology is here to stay and I for one love it. The great thing about the Donalds tweets are we hear from his mouth.. his views... rather than in most cases a carefully scripted monologue from the leaders-totally sanitised. It brings even more democracy to us the people -we know what our leaders think. Its only the Donald doing this now...I think we will get far more of it..lets see!

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