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Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI

Twitter newcomer Pope Benedict XVI recently complained that popular social media users and smooth talkers were creating a din and stealing attention from those trying to address key social and faith issues.

"The culture of social networks... pose demanding challenges to those who want to speak about truth and values," Benedict said in a speech to mark World Social Media day, in which he complained of the "din of excessive information" online.

The 85-year-old pontiff, who sent his first tweet in eight languages in December, said that "the significance and effectiveness" of social media messages "appear determined more by their popularity than by their intrinsic importance and value.""Popularity is often linked to celebrity or to strategies of persuasion rather than to the logic of argumentation," said Benedict, who already has over two and a half million followers on Twitter.

"At times the gentle voice of reason can be overwhelmed by the din of excessive information and it fails to attract attention which is given instead to those who express themselves in a more persuasive manner," he added.AFP


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