The Chilean government has announced that it will monitor comments on social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter and Facebook users aren't pleased about this news. The Twitter hashtag #gobiernosapois is trending in Chile.
But then again, $30,000 is small potatoes to the $600,000 that Malaysia spent on making its Facebook pages.
Update: The government press department said in a statement that the new tool will help the government listen to its citizens. The statement says monitoring social networks will allow the government to gauge public opinion, in the same way as listening to the radio or reading newspapers.