Of all the things that could possibly help along the current crisis in Ukraine, anyone think a hashtag’s gonna do it? No? Anyone? Well, there is apparently a war of hashtags brewing between Russia and the State Department, inviting a fair bit of derision over this rather… unconventional diplomacy.
Here’s what happened: the State Department has been using the #UnitedforUkraine hashtag, and so the official Twitter account for the Russian foreign ministry decided to hijack the hashtag for itself, because passive-aggressive diplomacy is the best kind of diplomacy. So State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki shot back on her own Twitter account, expressing the hope that Russia will “live by the promise of [the] hashtag.”
— MFA Russia (@mfa_russia) April 25, 2014
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) April 24, 2014
The reaction was, um, not good.
— JoeC (@TiredOfTyranny) April 25, 2014
— mitrebox (@mitrebox) April 25, 2014
@statedeptspox Don’t hashtag or we’ll hashtag your hashtag with more hashtags.
— Scott Lofquist (@ScottLofquist) April 25, 2014
So if another country retweets @statedeptspox, will that be considered an act of war?
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) April 25, 2014
Russia has intercontinental missiles, but we have the promise of the hashtag! @statedeptspox
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) April 25, 2014
Today Psaki addressed the flak she’d been getting overnight.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 25, 2014
She also said, “I was highlighting the fact that they have not been following their hashtag with action.”
Watch the video below, via Fox News:
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