January 10, 2012

State’s first Twitter press conference angers Sudan activists

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Written by Josh Rogan on ForeignPolicy.com

The State Department tried something new last Friday, answering selected questions posed via Twitter. Today, a Sudan human rights organization that was one of the selected questioners called the answer it got on Sudan policy “unconvincing,” “unacceptable,” “a broken record,” and “condescending.”

The Twitter press conference, where State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland will give answers to questions posed over Twitter following each Friday press briefing in January, is an experiment in State’s ever-evolving strategy that it has dubbed “21st Century Statecraft.”

Act for Sudan, an alliance of grassroots advocacy organizations, suggested one of the five tweets that was chosen and answered by Nuland, but the group is unhappy with the result.

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