Report: US, Syrians Could Still Talk on Social Media

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The U.S. has closed its embassy in Syria but could still use social media to communicate with Syrians, NextGov reports.

Experts told NextGov that State Department officials could still interact with Syrian activists and citizens on Facebook or Twitter.

The department has not confirmed plans to conduct a virtual embassy, similar to what was done in December for Tehran, the report said.

The department launched a virtual embassy site for Iran in December and posts information about visas, statements from officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other topics.

According to the OpenNet Initiative, nearly 20 percent of Syrians and 30 percent of Iranians can access the Internet.

Collin Anderson, an independent researcher, told NextGov that a website for Syria could easily transition to the structure of the website for Iran.

Anderson also said social media has an audience that has not already formed an opinion on an issue.

 

 

 

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