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Twitter Accidentally Forces Some Users to Follow New POTUS and FLOTUS Accounts

Not interested in following him, even on Twitter.



Yesterday was tense for a lot of reasons, and a gloomy speech by Donald Trump at his inauguration certainly didn’t help things, but Twitter users were grappling with a problem of their own. As President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made way for the new administration by moving to @POTUS44 and @FLOTUS44 accounts, Twitter couldn’t seem to get the new president’s list of followers right.

In an uncomfortable twist, many supporters of the Obamas found themselves following the new presidential accounts, much to the dismay of many of them. Even stranger still were reports that people who hadn’t been following those accounts suddenly found themselves unwillingly tuned into the new ones, and people who noticed that they were following the accounts and specifically unfollowed them discovered that the unfollow just plain didn’t work.

It may be some comfort to know that the transition of existing followers was always the plan for whoever took control of the White House next, as laid out by the Obama administration’s website, which you can read in its archived version. However, Twitter support, as well as CEO Jack Dorsey, are aware of the issue of people never having followed the accounts:

So, you might want to check who you’re following on Twitter, just in case—or make sure your unfollow went through. If you’re having trouble, I highly recommend the block button. Trust me; you’re not missing anything.

(via Deadline, image via Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock, Inc.)

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