World leaders are increasingly using social media platforms to communicate with the public, bypassing traditional forms of mass media – at times causing controversy in the process. Many world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, are integrating Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram into their communication processes – announcing new policies, sparring with other leaders, and instigating conflicts online. More and more people around the world are receiving their news updates from twitter, Facebook, WeChat, and other such sources.
Among the questions to be addressed:
- This poses the question: is the use of social media contributing to global discord or is it presenting a more honest, albeit unpolished, image of world leaders and policies?
- What does this mean for traditional mass media?
- To which extent and in which cases is censorship of political tweets and posts justifiable?
- Does social media have an impact on public opinion in regards to world affairs?’