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Internet Users Can Shape Predominant Information Trends - Medvedev

YAROSLAVL. Sept 8 (Interfax) - Internet users can well influence the situation in the world, said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"Millions of Internet users influence the way predominant information trends are shaped. Moreover, not only do they influence it, but they often actually shape them," Medvedev said at the Global Policy Forum 2011 in Yaroslavl on Thursday.

The Internet enables people not only to be different but also publicly express their individuality and "showcase themselves, for which many are not prepared," Medvedev said.

"In theory, everyone has the chance to tell society news that can change the world or at least the situation around. The expansion of the so-called social media is very impressive as well," he said.

Everyone can quickly and independently join others based on their interests, without any mediators, Medvedev said. "There are about 17 million groups in the Russian social network Vkontakte, and the global

Facebook comprises a billion of communities, which is more than the actual number of users, of whom there are about 750 million," Medvedev said.

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