New Diplomatic Avenue Emerges, in 140-Character Bursts
On the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting, ambassadors and heads of state, including those who have tussled with Twitter the company, seized on it to spread their message.
Most improbable, the new president of Iran, where Twitter is banned, has used Twitter prolifically to convey that he was ready to make a nuclear deal with the West and even, briefly, to break the news that he had spoken to President Obama on the phone, the first such exchange between Iran and the United States in 34 years.
As nations jockeyed for influence and standing here in recent days, several diplomats pointed out Twitter’s advantage. One government aide, who would not speak for attribution, said that it could be used to pre-empt journalists from being the first to get their interpretation of events before a wider audience.
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