You’re Probably Following @POTUS And Not Even Know It

Today after the inauguration, Donald Trump was given the Twitter handle, @POTUS, as he is now officially the President of the United States. The former account with the handle, run by Obama’s administration, adopted the handle @POTUS44, keeping all the tweets separate. This account began with 0 followers and 0 tweets, being a completely new Twitter account.

I, like many others, unfollowed both the @POTUS and @FLOTUS Twitter accounts this morning before the inauguration, preparing for the doom of a Trump presidency. When everything switched after the inauguration, I also took the liberty to block the @POTUS account just to make sure I would never see any of his bigoted nonsense on my timeline. However, checking a few hours later, I found I was following both the @POTUS and @FLOTUS Twitter accounts. As soon as I unfollowed the account, it went back to showing I had him blocked.

I was not the only one with this problem. Many others tweeted out reporting that their accounts had auto followed @POTUS, @FLOTUS, and even @VP.

Twitter’s support page later tweeted out that they had received complaints of “migrating followers” and were investigating the situation. Twitter and many others are wrongfully diagnosing this issue as the followers for the former @POTUS, @FLOTUS, and @VP accounts transferring over to the new ones. This is not correct. Many people who unfollowed the former accounts, and even blocked the new ones, still ended up following @POTUS, @FLOTUS, and @VP.

This is not right. We have the right to be able to follow, unfollow, and block whichever accounts we choose and while it may seem that this is a silly thing to be upset about, it shows a lack of control over our internet, and ultimately our choices. This could be a sad precedent for the next four years of a Trump presidency. Blocking @POTUS, @FLOTUS, and @VP can show our discontent with being forced to follow them, while also saving your timeline from their tweets.

Comments

comments

  1. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow,
    just wanted to say great blog!

  2. My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong
    none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on various
    websites for about a year and am worried about switching to another platform.

    I have heard excellent things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into
    it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  3. Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored to death at work so I
    decided to check out your site on my iphone during lunch
    break. I love the info you present here and can’t wait
    to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, awesome blog!

  4. Simply desire to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity in your post is
    just excellent and that i can think you’re knowledgeable in this subject.

    Fine with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to stay updated
    with impending post. Thank you a million and please carry on the gratifying work.

  5. Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a
    blog site? The account aided me a applicable deal.
    I have been tiny bit familiar of this your broadcast offered shiny transparent concept

  6. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your site?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you
    could a little more in the way of content so people
    could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot
    of text for only having 1 or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  7. I don’t know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing problems with your site.
    It looks like some of the written text on your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them too?
    This might be a issue with my web browser because I’ve had this happen before.
    Thank you

  8. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like
    this one today.

  9. No matter if some one searches for his necessary thing, thus he/she wishes to be available that in detail,
    therefore that thing is maintained over here.

  10. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam feedback?
    If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can advise?

    I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any help is very much appreciated.

  11. With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues
    of plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a lot
    of exclusive content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission.
    Do you know any methods to help prevent content from being stolen? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  12. Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any ideas? Thanks!

  13. Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask.

    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa?
    My website goes over a lot of the same topics as yours
    and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you might be interested feel free to shoot
    me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Awesome blog by the
    way!

  14. You could certainly see your skills within the work you write.

    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe.
    Always follow your heart.

  15. Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a
    similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments?
    If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

  16. Its such as you read my thoughts! You seem to understand a lot approximately this, like you wrote the e book in it or something.
    I feel that you just could do with some p.c. to power the message home a little bit, however instead of that,
    this is wonderful blog. An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  17. You can definitely see your expertise within the work you write.
    The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how
    they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  18. Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting
    a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You
    have done a extraordinary job!

  19. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with valuable info to work on. You have
    done a formidable job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

  20. I don’t know whether it’s just me or if
    everyone else experiencing problems with your website. It appears as if some
    of the text within your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is
    happening to them too? This might be a problem with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen previously.
    Kudos

  21. Wow, amazing blog structure! How lengthy have you been blogging for?

    you make running a blog glance easy. The full look of your site is fantastic, as well as
    the content!

  22. You actually make it appear really easy along
    with your presentation however I in finding this topic to
    be really something that I think I would by no means understand.
    It seems too complicated and very wide for me.

    I am having a look forward for your next put up, I’ll attempt to get the hang of it!

  23. If some one needs to be updated with most up-to-date technologies afterward he must be
    pay a visit this web site and be up to date daily.

  24. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thanks, However I am
    going through problems with your RSS. I don’t understand why I
    am unable to join it. Is there anyone else having similar RSS problems?
    Anyone that knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  25. Its like you learn my thoughts! You appear to know a
    lot approximately this, such as you wrote the book in it or something.
    I believe that you simply can do with a few percent to force the message house a little bit, however other than that, that is excellent blog.
    An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  26. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  27. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all people you really recognize what you are talking
    about! Bookmarked. Kindly also consult with my site =). We could have
    a link alternate arrangement among us

  28. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and tested to
    see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad
    is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is
    totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  29. I got this web page from my pal who shared with me about this website and at the
    moment this time I am visiting this website and reading very informative articles or reviews at this time.

  30. I’m really loving the theme/design of your web site.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems?
    A handful of my blog visitors have complained about my blog not operating
    correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any solutions to help fix this issue?

Leave a Reply
Your email address will not be published.

Click on the background to close

Skip to toolbar