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Leaders really need to think before tweeting

The old war-time posters with the warning 'Loose talk costs lives' may need to be updated, given Twitter and the various forms of 'social' media, especially for politicians.

The concern is what happens when messages are sent without apparent thought by world leaders. The passing comment in 1984 by President Reagan that they had solved the Russian problem - "we begin bombing in five minutes" - nearly started a nuclear war.

The modern version is President Trump's Twitter account. The latest controversial tweet seeming to support British right-wing organisations can be considered a poor choice and at least offensive to the British people that he is intending to visit as a 'friend'.

We do live in a world of Twitter and Facebook but any significant messages can be resent by a number of systems.

Stop, think, rethink and then speak.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Australia

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