The US State Department appealed to Twitter earlier this week for help in solving the somewhat complex issue of countering violent extremism.
Writing on the social media site, the government department told users: “We want your input. Share solutions you think are critical to countering violent extremism,” and then invited them to post feedback.
Shockingly, the general reaction was not all that helpful.
@StateDept I suppose we should at least give you credit for not just throwing a hashtag out there.— Angela (@AngelaKG) February 20, 2015
@StateDept What the hell are we paying you for?— SLB (@sleannbagley) February 20, 2015
@StateDept is this a parody account?— AllyChat (@AllyGeighter) February 20, 2015
The appeal follows a three-day UN Security Council summit on countering violent extremism, in which Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon warned leaders against discarding their “moral compass” and called for “cool heads and common sense” to combat the problem.
A “common sense” approach which was not in evidence, judging by the reaction on Twitter:
.@StateDept Corgis for everyone in ISIS— Joe Cunningham (@JoeC_Esquire) February 20, 2015
.@StateDept No one can be angry when there are corgis involved.— Joe Cunningham (@JoeC_Esquire) February 20, 2015
The State Department’s appeal amid news that for the first time the majority of Americans support putting troops on the ground as the perception of the threat the west faces from Isis, also known as Islamic State, increases.Reuse content