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Hashtag war for U.S. vs. Russia? Tweets as weapons and Twitter as battlefield

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused Russia of wanting to start World War III on Friday. Overnight Friday Ukraine’s airspace was infiltrated numerous times as Russian military aircraft crossed over the border into the Ukraine, according to the Global Post on April 26.

Yatseniuk spoke English when talking to the media during a visit to Rome saying that Russia is provoking the Ukraine. He was talking about Russian's military jets flying over the Ukraine. Yatseniuk accuses Russia of doing this to “accuse Ukraine of waging war against Russia.”

All talks between Putin and Obama have stopped. Putin initiated the stop of any talks with the White House as further sanctions on Russia are threatened from the Obama Administration.

Both men have threatened consequences if the other side doesn’t back down. The White house is accused of “lots of posturing” and their new “Hashtag diplomacy” has become the butt of jokes among politicians and the media. This was reported on “Fox and Friends Weekend” live on Saturday morning and they had plenty of jokes to go along with this hashtag diplomacy.

According to the Business Insider, “The State Department is getting ruthlessly mocked for tweets of Hashtag Diplomacy,” which is a title of their article reporting that the State Department is now hitting Russia with “bizarre tweets.” This Twitter campaign #UnitedForUkraine, is seen by many as a joke.

James Lewis, a former State Department diplomat said about this hashtag campaign:

“It’s a hashtag. What’s it going to do? For this situation, it’s not a useful tool.”

Spokesperson for the State Department, Jen Psaki, sent out a warning on Twitter to Putin:

" The world stands #UnitedForUkraine. Let's hope that the #Kremlin and Russian Federation will live by the promise of hashtag."

This has was seen as ridiculous on so many levels. Does the State Department really think that Putin is going to take a hashtag warning seriously? The American public didn’t take it seriously. A Twitter war is not the answer to the Russia-Ukraine crisis. This is pointed up by everyday people and politicians alike.

As reported by ABC News today, headlines that Russia and the U.S. are now in a hashtag battle are saturating the media today. It is not just the American media having a field day with the hashtag war tweets, Russians have created their own parodies to this ludicrous idea. Accounts have popped up such as @russiaiolator and @ukprogress that post tweets in response to the U.S. tweets.

Isn’t this the same type of tweeting that school kids are warned against? Don’t they call it bullying? Social media is a great tool for making the world a little smaller when it comes to communication, but tweets are not weapons and Twitter isn't a battlefield.



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