You are here: Home » International » News » Politics
Business Standard

Users forced to follow Donald Trump on Twitter after glitch

The new President was handed control of the @POTUS account when he took the oath of office

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to follow US President on after a technical glitch, prompting the social networking site to apologise to users.

The new President was handed control of the @POTUS account when he took the oath of office at Friday's inauguration.

Some users parted ways with @POTUS on the social network once it changed hands from former president to Trump. However, for reasons unexplained, they automatically re-followed the presidential account without their permission.

Users who noticed the glitch were quick to bring it to the attention of CEO who acknowledged "mistakes" in the process that caused users who unfollowed the POTUS account to follow it without opting to do so.

He explained in a series of tweets that users who followed President Obama's new handle — @POTUS44 — after noon on Friday were automatically set to follow the Trump-run @POTUS handle.

In addition, "some people who unfollowed @POTUS in the past were mistakenly marked to now follow @POTUS," Dorsey said via "This also affected other official Administration accounts like @VP, @WhiteHouse, and @PressSec."

"We believe this affected about 560,000 people. This was a mistake, it wasn't right, we own it, and we apologise. No excuses," he tweeted.

Dorsey said the issue has been corrected, CNN reported.

First Published: Sun, January 22 2017. 10:57 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU