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Handle social media with care: Tharoor to India’s Congress media managers

July 24, 2013

From The Times of India

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

NEW DELHI: Union minister Shashi Tharoor, who has found himself in controversy over his tweets, on Tuesday told Congress spokespersons that social media needed to be handled with care.

A media workshop for Congress spokespersons saw speakers including Tharoor and information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewariunderlining the importance of social media, party leaders said.

Tharoor, who has over 18 lakh followers on Twitter, told the workshop that social media could influence as many as 160 Lok Sabha constituencies and therefore a party like Congress could ill afford to ignore it.

“You cannot ignore the social media”, he said while addressing the workshop through video conferencing. He noted at the same time that due care needed to be taken while using the microblogging site.

In his dos and don’ts prescription, Tharoor, who was earlier under secretary general of UN for communication and public information, carried forward with Rahul Gandhi’s line of “positive politics” and “decent language.”

Tharoor had in the past got into trouble with his party for his “cattle class” remarks on twitter which he used to describe economy class passengers after Congress asked all its ministers to travel economy as part of austerity drive. Read more in The Times of India.

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