Today, the United States gained a new President, First Lady and Vice President. Those people inherited the official Twitter accounts of their predecessors. In turn, some of those not supportive of the new administration unfollowed those accounts. Or thought they did. As it turns out, Twitter has caused many people to follow these accounts again, against their will.
I’m just one of several examples. Yesterday, I stopped following the @POTUS that was used by President Barack Obama and switched to President Donald Trump today. I also stopped following the @FLOTUS account that was used by Michelle Obama and switched to Melania Trump today. Vice President Joe Biden had been using @VP, which I also dropped yesterday. It’s now used by Mike Pence.
Today, I found I’m following all those accounts again. I definitely dropped them, but Twitter has decided that I should follow them all again. I’m not the only one. Reports of others who have been forced to follow these accounts are wide-spread on Twitter:
At least two people even blocked the @POTUS account only to find today they were still made to follow it even though it remained blocked:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been busy replying to people about the situation, both with a confusing response that somehow there might be a “replay” of unfollows:
And that Twitter is looking into what’s happened:
We have a message out to Twitter about what’s happened and will update if we hear back.
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