Guernsey minister warns against social media reliance

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One of Guernsey's newly-elected ministers has warned his fellow politicians against relying on social networking websites for communication.

Deputy Allister Langlois, said while such sites were useful, they were not everyone's preferred method of contact.

He said: "We must never... lose sight of the fact that we represent all of the electorate."

Guernsey's general election in April saw a high volume of posts on Twitter and Facebook from and about candidates.

Deputy Langlois, the island's Social Security Minister said: "The person who has a passing interest... do they want to constantly be reading Twitter, or even listening to the radio, or even looking at the [Guernsey] Press, no they don't.

"They want access to their politicians when something really matters to them, but they don't want to be what I would call 'activists'."

Twenty-two of the 78 candidates were using Twitter in the run-up to the election, while 21 had their own websites.

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