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McFaul Epitomizes Embrace of Social Media

U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul took to Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday in an attempt to refute charges that he’s promoting regime change in Russia.

In doing so, he also highlighted the embassy’s unprecedented reliance on Twitter and Facebook to connect with the Russian public and fight an onslaught of negative reports in the state-run media.

McFaul called foul on Russia Today over a Tuesday op-ed by analyst Igor Panarin accusing him of plotting to turn anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny into a revolutionary leader.

“@M_Simonyan when we met at White House you asked me tell you when RT ran something untrue. On RT today, @McFaul sent @Navalny to Yale. Lie,” the ambassador tweeted to RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan on Wednesday morning.

In a separate Facebook post, McFaul continued: “Does RT have an obligation to correct factual errors in opinion pieces? Or does the fact tha Dr. Ponarin is espressing an ‘opinion’ give the author a license to say anything, the facts be damned?”

Read more:http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/mcfaul-epitomizes-embrace-of-social-media/452724.html#ixzz1luVsURmx
The Moscow Times

((Article shared by classmate Anna Griffin))

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