X As Global Town Square

Todd Moses
April 15, 2024

Heads of state use various social media platforms, official communication, pleas for help, and direct messages to other leaders, all of which come through X (formerly Twitter).

Inputs that matter: The geopolitical reach of X was illustrated when Iran fired a barrage of drones and missiles at Israel, and all of the leaders involved took to the platform.

  • Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz took to X to ask the European Union "to immediately declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization and to sanction Iran."
  • The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran tweeted, "...I emphasize that any new adventure against the interests of the Iranian nation will be met with a heavier and regrettable response."
  • During the attack, U.S. President Biden tweeted, "Our commitment to Israel's security against threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad."
  • Commenting directly under the official message, a critic of Biden tweeted, "Oh, I'm sure Iran is scared of you."

The opportunity: X has an official Global Government Affairs account, through which the company reports court orders, threats, and requests from government leaders.

  • Governments and intergovernmental organizations such as the U.N. listen and respond to world leaders on X.
  • After the tweet by Katz, NPR reported, "The United Nations Security Council is also set to meet after Israel requested the council condemn Iran's attack and designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization."

Zoom in: In January, the X Blog posted, "In 2023, we laid the groundwork for the global town square, and in 2024, that vision will come alive."

  • Megatron, a user with over 260,000 followers, tweeted on Sunday, "Israel said to strike back on Iran in next 24/48 hours."
  • Maria Kahn, a user with over 5,000 followers, tweets, "As soon as Iran attacked Israel, the whole world started screaming that the third world war would start."

Between the lines: Besides revealing thoughts from both sides of an issue, X is a place for each position to attack the other.

  • Israel Defense Forces tweeted, "Iran has revealed its true face as the biggest sponsor of global terrorism."
  • War Intel confirms, "Iran's Supreme National Security Council: If Israel wants to continue doing evil against Iran, it will receive a response at least ten times greater than yesterday's attack."

Follow the money: X responds to global leaders in real-time in a more in-depth manner than CNN coverage of previous wars.

  • President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, tweets, "Ukraine condemns Iran's attack on Israel using "Shahed" drones and missiles. We in Ukraine know very well the horror of similar attacks by Russia, which uses the same "Shahed" drones and Russian missiles, the same tactics of mass air strikes."

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  3. https://twitter.com/Iran_GOV/status/1779456055128338628
  4. https://twitter.com/Sassafrass_84/status/1779316751366271353
  5. https://techcrunch.com/2024/04/11/lyrak-to-take-on-x-by-combining-the-best-of-twitter-with-fediverse-integration/
  6. https://banananomics.co/the_geopolitics_of_elon_musk
  7. https://banananomics.co/asian_oil_in_jeopardy_as_iran_awakens
  8. https://www.npr.org/2024/04/13/1244641489/iran-israel-drone-attack-middle-east-gaza
  9. https://blog.x.com/en_us/topics/company/2023/transforming-the-global-town-square
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