Think Before You Tweet, Obama Warns World Leaders
A tweet can cause many things to go wrong.
It could even cause a breakdown in diplomatic relations, and ultimately war.
That is why former US president Barack Obama is warning leaders and high-profile figures to think before tweeting.
Obama said Friday that social media powers like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are leading to "snap judgements to complex issues" and warned leaders to think before tweeting.
Obama was repeatedly asked about his successor, President Donald Trump, at a New Delhi symposium but stuck to a general warning to all high-profile figures to be careful.
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"I think it's important to be mindful of both the power of these tools but also its limits," Obama said when asked about the dangers of Twitter, a platform on which Trump has caused repeat controversies.
"What I would say is Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, all these various platforms are extraordinarily powerful tools, and those tools can be used for good and they tools can be used for ill," he said.
Highlighting how he has 100 million Twitter followers -- "more than other people who use it more often" -- Obama said: "I think it's important to be mindful of both the power of these tools but also its limits."
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