Twitter apologizes for mistakes around @POTUS account

Posted on Jan 21 2017 - 7:16pm by Huzoor Bux


There was a mistake made on Inauguration Day. 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized Saturday for accidentally making it so that Twitter users followed @POTUS and other administrative accounts even when they tried not to.

It was a complex ordeal during which Twitter told Mashable on Friday, following reports of users saying that they were automatically following @POTUS under Trump even when they were not before or had unfollowed prior to Inauguration (as Twitter outlined they could do), that there was no glitch. 

That is still true, in part. But Twitter engineers orchestrated settings that violated what they had said to do. 

Dorsey explained the situation in a series of tweets Saturday, which are all below. TLDR: If you followed @POTUS44 (Obama’s archived tweets) after 12 p.m. ET Friday you were automatically set to follow @POTUS (Trump), and some accounts were mistakenly marked in the system to follow @POTUS despite previously unfollowing the account. 

Here’s Dorsey’s full explanation, from Twitter: 

As of Saturday, President Trump (@POTUS) has 14.2 million Twitter followers, and @POTUS44 (Obama’s archive) has 14.3 million. 



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