For the Second Time in a Week, Moscow Mishandles Social Media
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev attempted to calm anti-government protests in Russia by using his Facebook account to promise an investigation into election fraud.
The move backfired as 3,500 people had posted comments within two hours, the majority of the comments, according to the Telegraph, were "overwhelmingly negative". The post has received 4,596 likes and 15,127 comments. Some of the comments have been translated as, "Go now, shame of the country," and "Your time has gone, everything was decided yesterday, democracy will be created not by you."
This social media misstep wasn't the first mistake of the week. Someone using the official presidential twitter account, @MedvedevRussiaE, retweeted a message from an outgoing MP that has been translated as: "Today it became clear that a person who writes in their blog the words 'party of crooks and thieves' is a stupid, c*cksucking sheep :)"
The Kremlin said they are investigating the retweet and will punish the person responsible for sending it out.
Both of these missteps are part of the historical record and demonstrate how social media has become a powerful tool for both protestors and governments, and how, if misused, that tool can have a long lasting effect on your political goals.