People are a bit on edge at the moment when it comes to being forced to do things by now-President Donald Trump. When some users noticed that they were suddenly following the official Twitter account of the POTUS against their will yesterday, they freaked out. Now, Twitter has apologised.
Today, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey addressed the issues that occurred after when the social media platform was migrating the followers from the old @POTUS to the new one.
All: we investigated what happened here, and we made some mistakes (which have been corrected). Some context first. https://t.co/W1n3Xs6LaN
— jack⚡️ (@jack) January 21, 2017
You can see the whole thread here. But you can read the statement in paragraph form below:
Dorsey’s explanation makes a certain amount of sense and it’s easy to imagine a screw-up when migrating so many followers at a specific time when all the world’s eyes are watching. Still, 560,000 people is a big number.
This also doesn’t explain all of the people who were claiming that they have never followed @POTUS in any way and found their stream looking distinctly more threatening. It’s possible that they simply don’t remember following the account.