Kremlin tells top officials to tone down their tweets

Nov 9, 2012
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for establishing a new set of rules for Russian officials when they use social network websites, RIA Novosti reports.

The statement came after a news report from Izvestia.ru that was planning to restrict governor’s access to Twitter if they couldn’t project a professional . A spokesman wouldn’t confirm or deny the report but only said, that Russian politicians’ use of the popular microblogging site “should be streamlined one way or another,” according to RIA Novosti.

He added, “An official who uses Twitter should not think of it as a personal information channel, because any information becomes more or less official when it appears in the Twitter account of a person vested with power.”

Twitter is becoming a popular digital outlet Russian politician. Thirty-three governors and many top officials, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev regularly use the site. As the platform gains traction among Russian leaders, their need to share has sometimes landed them in hot water.

In 2010, for example one region governor was dismissed from his post after tweeting that he had been given a “worm salad” at an official Kremlin reception.


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