Tony Abbott Thinks Social Media Is ‘Electronic Graffiti’

Tony Abbott Thinks Social Media Is ‘Electronic Graffiti’

The internet had a good chuckle at the Prime Minister’s expense over the Australia Day long weekend, after he awarded Prince Philip (you know, the Queen’s husband) an Australian Knighthood. Tony Abbott cranked the Taylor Swift rhetoric up to 11 and dismissed online haters, labelling social media as “electronic graffiti”.

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Twitter was awash with gags yesterday as it was revealed that Tony Abbott would be knighting Prince Philip as part of the Australia Day celebrations.

When asked at a press conference what he thought of the online backlash, PM Abbott replied:

“I’ll leave social media to its own devices. Social media is kind of like electronic graffiti and I think that in the media, you make a big mistake to pay too much attention to social media. You wouldn’t report what’s sprayed up on the walls of buildings.”

Remind me again how much the Federal Government spends monitoring electronic graffiti, again? Oh that’s right: $5000 a day.