Estonia is known as one of the most digitally savvy countries in the world. They’ve issued national ID cards that link to web profiles, and citizens can use them to pay their taxes, feed parking meters and share cute kitten videos (or at least two out of the three).
So, it’s not surprising that Minister of Defense Mart Laar has a thriving Facebook page where citizens can chime in on any number of public policy debates. Recently, citizens visited Laar’s page to gripe about internet censorship and ask the minister about the country’s support of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
When the posts started disappearing from his page, Laar had a simple explanation: He hadn’t deleted them, rather Facebook had just run out of space!
Well, Laar had to learn the hard way: You don’t cultivate the most digitally savvy population in Central Europe and then tell the people the Internet isn’t big enough for all their complaints.
His comments went instantly viral, spawning satirical memes by the dozen. Eventually Laar fessed up, writing an apology on Facebook and blamed his “administrators” for deleting the posts.
Read more from the Toronto Star below, which includes links to many of the satires.