Daghestan president to officials: Tweet it or beat it

Jan 16, 2012
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Peer pressure and the desire to be part of the “in-crowd” is typically enough to get even the biggest luddite to try social media networks.  But apparently, for top officials in Dagestan, peer pressure is just not enough–they need an extra push by the president to get them to set up that Facebook page.

According to REF/RL, the President of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov, issued a presidential decree telling officials to set up accounts on all the biggest social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and LiveJournal. The move is apparently inspired by the president’s desire to ”ensure information transparency by executive bodies.”

Image courtesy Wikimedia user АбуУбайда

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Joshua Boissevain

Joshua Boissevain is a research associate and editorial assistant at Transitions Online. He's also a freelance journalist and photographer based in Prague. Find him on twitter at @joshboissevain.
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