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Twitter, COVID-19 and Boris Johnson, what could go wrong?

There’s one thing I quite dislike about Twitter discussions (well, there are actually a lot of things that I quite dislike about Twitter discussions, but now I’m going to focus on one) and that’s when, for whatever reason. , someone criticizes how critical the mass of tweeters is in our country, hinting that it is a phenomenon located in Spain or, at a broader level, in the Spanish-speaking world. Nothing is further from reality.

Actually, Twitter democratizes access to fight you (online, it is understood) with someone who does not think the same as youIt doesn’t matter what topic, where you are from or what language you speak. You will always find someone to touch your nose (or to whom you touch it, there is everything), anything goes. Just yesterday, before a tweet from Carlos Bardem (a controversial person, I know) in which he announced the death of his mother, the actress and activist Pilar Bardem, it was possible to find comments from people? doing political criticism. In a tweet from someone who had just lost their mother.

I am not going to go into evaluating these messages, instead I am going to stay with a message from Juan Soto Ivars on Twitter, which I think defines the situation perfectly, and with which I could not agree more:

But hey, I deviate from the main topic. As I said at the beginning, the controversies on Twitter do not distinguish between languages ​​and nationalities, and A perfect example of this can be found in what has happened in the United Kingdom with its Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who has been forced to mark a “where I said I say, I say Diego”, after an explosively negative reaction to the supposed impunity that he was going to enjoy, in the face of the situation experienced by the rest of the population.

It all starts on Friday, with a meeting between Johnson and Sajid Javid, recently appointed United Kingdom health secretary, and it gets complicated when yesterday, Saturday, Javid makes public, via Twitter, who has tested positive for COVID-19. At this point it is important to remember that the British public health service requires a 10-day isolation period. In the last week alone, more than 500,000 Britons have been forced into confinement by this measure.

However, and faced with this situation, 10 Downing Street stated that Johnson would not undergo mandatory isolation and that, instead, they would participate in a pilot study that basically consists of continuing with their normal life and, yes, taking several daily tests. An announcement that, as you may have already imagined, has not done any grace to all those citizens who strictly comply with the decision of the public health service to impose confinements to try to prevent the spread of the pandemic, especially since the arrival of the Delta variant.

A) Yes, Almost immediately after the announcement of the non-isolation of Boris Johnson, Twitter began to fill with critical messages with the British Prime Minister, strengthening a current of opinion that, as we can read in Business Insider, has ended up forcing the politician to back down, announcing that he will not participate in the pilot study and that he will be held at his home for the ten days marked by the NHS, in the same way that the rest of Britons who have had contact with people who have tested positive are doing.

Just as I have not done it in the case of Pilar Bardem, I am not going to enter now to assess what happened with Johnson, although it is undoubted that the pilot medical study that allows you to maintain your normal life sounds a bit strange. What is indisputable, and here we have one more reminder of this, is that this collective entity called social networks, and in this aspect headed by Twitter, has become a lever of pressure that can change the agendas of world leaders, even if it is at least in matters like this.

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