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Digital media have revolutionised diplomacy, agreed participants of a panel on digital diplomacy panel at the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) in Bled on Tuesday. Although requiring quite a lot of skill and sensitivity, the new type of communication also brings many benefits.
H.E. Mr Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, an active user of Twitter, believes digital media did not mean an end to diplomacy, but only changed the method of communicating.
He thinks it is impossible for diplomats to ignore this new reality. According to him, diplomats must be genuine and honest in their statements on the social media, but also mindful of their role as representatives of their country. “I think that’s our challenge.”
Ms Eirliani Abdul Rahman, Member of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council, Singapore, explained that Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council often had problems when deciding on the removal of inappropriate tweets, because people’s opinions on what is acceptable and what is not often vary significantly. But she believes that any negative comments targeting a specific person or a group should be considered unacceptable, especially if they are posted by public officials.
Mr Ilan Manor, PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, UK, pointed to collecting user data by Facebook and Google, saying that this practice opened a wide range of questions. Should countries be concerned that so much data on their citizens is accumulated by the social media, he wondered, adding that another question was whom this data belongs to. If data is the new oil, this calls for restrictions in this field, he argued.
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