Gordon Brown: Twitter Might Prevent Genocide

UK Prime Minister cites Rwanda

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Twitter’s gotten a lot of positive mentions lately due to the role it’s played in Iran; protesters have used the service to spread information that might have otherwise been days or weeks in coming.  However, Gordon Brown, the UK’s prime minister, took things much further today, apparently crediting Twitter with the power to prevent genocide.

Gordon Brown
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In 1994, hundreds of thousands of Rwandans were killed over the course of about 100 days, with the final (estimated) death toll approaching one million.  Press coverage was minimal, and the international community did little to interfere. 

But that was all before Twitter.  Brown talked to Katharine Viner about how Twitter has proven useful in Iran, and said, "You cannot have Rwanda again because information would come out far more quickly about what is actually going on and the public opinion would grow to the point where action would need to be taken."

Do you agree?  Disagree?  Let us know.

On a less controversial note, Brown then added, "Foreign policy can no longer be the province of just a few elites."

A DowningStreet Twitter account (not personally updated by Brown) exists if you’d like to keep up with the Prime Minister’s Office.

Gordon Brown: Twitter Might Prevent Genocide
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  • Guest

    Iranians are much more wealthy than Rwandans and they can afford the technology.

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    Im not sure why it says “that was before twitter“. Its simply technology and internet access. Like all things video cameras and cell phone have changed everyones lives.

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