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originally posted by: defcon5
This explains it:
originally posted by: spite
a reply to: kkrattiger
That's so stupid but so funny. If only we could limit our conflicts to harmless online flaming.
Probably not true, you don't need to be a PR expert to see how DUMB that would be to do. You aren't crazy, Krattiger.
originally posted by: hogstooth
a reply to: kkrattiger
Well I found their account on twitter and as I read through the tweets I kept thinking that there's no way this is actually the US Dept of State. Well lo and behold it's a twitter verified account. Our tax dollars are actually being spent engaging in tweet battles and crafting stupid hashtags. #facepalm
The tweet in the OP was posted on June 27th @Thinkagain_DOS
I think I'm going to go grab a few
"Given the audience, and the sensitivity of the subject matter, [the State Department has] to be very careful when you put any kind of message out into the world," says Will McCants, a former State Department senior counterterrorism adviser who helped set up CSCC's digital outreach; he is now a fellow at the Brookings Institution. (The State Department's current digital-outreach team was not available for comment on this story.) McCants describes the digital pushback initiative as his "baby," and he made sure to get the right people involved (good linguists, for instance). "The US government has to contest these kinds of [jihadist] messages, because what was happening prior to this was nothing," he says. "Recruiters would recruit with impunity. When I started, the thinking was, 'We don't dignify this stuff with a response.' Well, that makes sense if you're President Obama or secretary of state. That'll just drive traffic to it. But at least this way, we're offering some American perspective and shooting down some of the more egregious examples. It's targeted at blunting the recruitment pitches online."
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: [post=18105352]
Just because they are a group of uneducated morons defiling a religion does not mean you don't talk to them. It can give an insight into their short term / long term plans. It can identify the real players in the group and separate them from the lesser bosses.