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Archbishop of Canterbury: social media can be poisonous

From London Evening Standard

Social media can be "poisonous" and destructive but can also be used to do great good, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
 
Dr Rowan Williams said Pope Benedict XVI and many of his fellow Church of England bishops are now on Twitter but he struggles with "any kind" of technology.

The outgoing archbishop, speaking on the BBC Radio 2 Pause for Thought slot on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, said it was often assumed that clergy were "too unworldly" for social media. But not all clergy should be assumed to be as "dim" as he is in this area.

Dr Williams spoke of how Sam Johnson, a New Zealand student, received a huge response after putting out a call through Twitter for help clearing up and doing rescue work following the Christchurch earthquakes.

"Thousands of students from all the way across New Zealand turned up and spent weeks and months in Christchurch doing essential work and getting a community on its feet again," Dr Williams said.

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