Don't "tweet every thought," Michelle Obama tells youths

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  • Former first lady Michelle Obama responds to a question from poet Elizabeth Alexander during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama, left, responds to a statement by poet Elizabeth Alexander during a conversation about youth empowerment and dedicating oneself to a life of public service during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama, left, arrives for a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama, left, responds to a statement by poet Elizabeth Alexander during a conversation about youth empowerment and dedicating oneself to a life of public service during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama, left, clasps hands with poet Elizabeth Alexander after a conversation during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama address the crowd during a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander at the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama address the crowd during a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander at the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former President Barack Obama, center, listens to his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, as she has a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Former first lady Michelle Obama responds to a question from poet Elizabeth Alexander during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama, left, responds to a statement by poet Elizabeth Alexander during a conversation about youth empowerment and dedicating oneself to a life of public service during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama, left, arrives for a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama, left, responds to a statement by poet Elizabeth Alexander during a conversation about youth empowerment and dedicating oneself to a life of public service during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama, left, clasps hands with poet Elizabeth Alexander after a conversation during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama address the crowd during a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander at the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former first lady Michelle Obama address the crowd during a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander at the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Former President Barack Obama, center, listens to his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, as she has a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander during the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) Former first lady Michelle Obama says words matter, particularly in an age where Twitter and other social media can be used like a weapon.

She addressed a summit of young leaders Wednesday hosted by the Obama Foundation. She says people shouldn't "tweet every thought" because "first initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day."

The comments drew laughter from the crowd as Obama added she wasn't "talking about anybody in particular."

She says when people tweet, especially young people, they need to think it over, spell correctly and use good grammar.

Former President Barack Obama gave the closing remarks later, saying he was inspired by what he heard from young leaders during the two-day event.

Other major speakers included Prince Harry, Chicago rapper Common and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

      

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