Belgian premier wants to filter photos put on Internet

15th February 2010, Comments 0 comments

Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme has ordered ministers not to put photographs of their meetings on the Internet after one of him appeared on the Twitter website, his spokesman said.

BRUSSELS - The warning came after Enterprise Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne posted a photo of Leterme during one cabinet session speaking on his mobile phone on the micro-blogging Internet site.

"In future he (the minister) will need permission to use these images," Leterme's spokesman told AFP by SMS text message.

Quickenborne also posted a commented "live" about remarks made during the meeting by Pensions Minister Michel Daerden, which Leterme "did not at all appreciate", the Flemish newspaper De Morgen reported.

"I now know what I'm can do and what I can't, and I'll make sure I don't step over the mark," Quickenborne told Belga news agency.

Twitter has become increasingly used by politicians, stars and sports personalities to quickly reach their supporters without passing through official channels.


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