Former President Barack Obama advises people to follow the old principle of think before you speak to tweeting: ‘Think before you tweet’
Former President Barack Obama spoke at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in India’s capital on Friday, he never once used the words “Donald Trump” and was careful to avoid any direct reference to his successor in the White House. However, Obama made plenty of veiled references and one of it is the perils of using Twitter.
Typical of Obama, his response often drew laughter from the audience at the Leadership Summit, which was part of a three-country tour he is undertaking in one of his first global outings as a private citizen after leaving office.
About social media, Obama said he uses spellcheck and punctuation which his daughters think is odd. “They were explaining to us how if you put a period at the end of a sentence it sounds harsh. I said, ‘No, that’s English. That’s how you know the thought is finished.”
He said he sees people getting in trouble for their tweets, and says they should follow the old advice of thinking before you speak: “Think before you tweet,” Obama said. “Same principle.”
Obama said correctly that social media is a powerful tool, for both good and ill. “And look, I’ve got 100 million Twitter followers. I actually have more than other people who use it more often.” (Btw, Obama has 97 million Twitter followers and Trump has 44 million).
He also said politicians usually reflect public opinion.
“And so if you see a politician doing things that are questionable, one of the things as a citizen is to ask yourself ‘Am I encouraging, or supporting or giving license to the values I’m hearing out of the politician?'” Obama said. “Because frankly, politicians tend to be more of a mirror and more of a reflection of forces in the society.”