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New cabinet minister in charge of social media regulation only joined Twitter five months ago

The person in charge of digital and media policy in the UK is a late-adopter to social media, we can reveal.

Oliver Dowden, MP for Hertsmere, has today been appointed as Boris Johnson’s new head of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – taking over from Nicky Morgan. This role involves deciding how the UK should regulate the internet and social media platforms.

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However, it turns out that Dowden doesn’t have much first-hand experience of social media. The former David Cameron adviser only joined Twitter in September 2019, a mere 13 years after it was first launched.

And although Dowden has been on Facebook in a professional capacity since October 2014, he isn’t exactly Mark Zuckerberg’s most active user – having only built up 2,400 followers in that time.

Of course, Dowden might be able to grasp the nuances of social media, despite being a late arriver. But that seems unlikely to us.

Thank goodness for Dowden that we’re in a post-expert era.

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