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NEW YORK – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday praised social media as a way to hold government accountable, fight corruption and promote economic opportunity around the globe.

“Using social media to motivate them [young people] to connect them up, to stand up for you know those bones - good governance, good accountability, strong anti-corruption measures - will open up possibilities for jobs to be created, for entrepreneurs to flourish,” Clinton said at an event hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Her comments, which were in response to a question about what Clinton learned from young people during her travels, came just hours after the Associated Press reported that the U.S. government helped create and run a covert Twitter operation in Cuba to undermine the country’s communist government while Clinton was serving at the State Department.

The documents say that USAID, the agency tasked with helping the world’s poor, ran the secret program for two years.

USAID has denied running a “covert” operation.

Speaking earlier in the day on Andrea Mitchell Reports, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said the report had “a number of inaccuracies” but that the agency does “conduct our work discreetly in order to protect people."