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Twitter apologizes after @POTUS error forces 560,000 to follow Trump

560,000 accounts were reportedly affected by the bug.


Christina Bonnington


Published Jan 23, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:48 am CDT

On Friday, Twitter planned a massive undertaking: The transition of the @POTUS account from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, and the migration of those @POTUS followers from one account to another. Each of these accounts—@POTUS, @FLOTUS, @VP, etc.—had millions of followers. With an account transition of that scale, naturally, there were some bugs.

Roughly 560,000 people were not happy to discover that instead of following @POTUS44, the archival account of Obama’s presidential tweets, they were still following @POTUS, now manned by Donald Trump. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized for the error, which no doubt was very stressful for some. 

Apparently, some Twitter users who wanted to follow @POTUS44 after 12pm EST on Friday discovered they were actually following @POTUS. Others who had unfollowed @POTUS ahead of the new administration’s takeover suddenly saw they were still following the account. Yet others, who claimed they had never followed @POTUS to begin with, found themselves following the account (although in this case, it is difficult to know whether it was a true bug or whether they had followed the account at some point in the past). 

Dorsey said these issues also affected other official accounts such as @WhiteHouse and @PressSec, but the problems should all be resolved now.

Still, if you don’t want any Trumpian musings disturbing your delicately curated Twitter feed, it is best to visit @POTUS to double check to make sure you are not following the account. 

H/T Gizmodo

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*First Published: Jan 23, 2017, 4:26 pm CST