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Foreign Affairs Canada Uses BuzzFeed Lists To Slam Its Enemies

12/15/2014 07:52 EST | Updated 12/15/2014 07:59 EST

Canada's government is experimenting with social media in new ways.

It used Twitter to troll Russia.

And Instagram to support Ukraine.

I will be presenting this #Ukraine flag to Town of #Huntsville to express solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

A photo posted by Tony Clement MP (@tonyclementcpc) on


Second time's the charm ...

Very sorry. Flag was upside down behind me, unbeknownst. Now corrected!

A photo posted by Tony Clement MP (@tonyclementcpc) on


Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is on the front line of its efforts.

First Instagram selfie...at Facebook/Instagram HQ

A photo posted by John Baird (@baird) on


His ministry is now using BuzzFeed lists to slam its enemies.

Canada's government is using BuzzFeed now!

A video posted by Jesse Ferreras (@jesseferreras) on


First, it took a shot at Iran over Internet freedom.

do not use happy iran

Then, it fired away at Russia over Ukraine.

crimea

Important note: Foreign Affairs is a "Brand Publisher."

brand publisher

That means the ministry can post almost anything it wants.

buzzfeed vetting

And it's far from the first political body to use the site. The Canadian Tourism Commission made a list earlier this month.

do not use buzzfeed tourism canada

And the BC Liberal Party made one in May.

Taking notes from the BC Liberals, perhaps.

A video posted by Jesse Ferreras (@jesseferreras) on


So list away, Canada! And don't forget to use lots of GIFs.

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