Twitter has apparently fixed a glitch that forced roughly half a million of its users to follow the reality-TV-star-turned-US-president Donald Trump against their will.
The struggling company was forced on Saturday to deny that it had been deliberately garnishing Trump’s numbers on his official @POTUS account, and said it had made mistakes in a complex attempt to transfer followers to the @POTUS44 account of outgoing president Barack Obama.
In total, an estimated 560,000 users found themselves suddenly subjected to Trump’s early-morning witterings against their will, after he took control of the presidency’s official Twitter bully pulpit on Friday. It is safe to say that many of them were not at all happy about the situation, with Twitter barraged by complaints.
Twitter’s chief Jack Dorsey said that the problems emerged after the @POTUS account was divided into two, to add @POTUS44, so as to archive the former administration’s official tweets. Basically, anyone who chose to follow @POTUS44 after the switchover was mistakenly set to follow the Trump-active account, while some other people who had chosen to unfollow it in the past were erroneously set to refollow.
According to Dorsey, the issue “also affected other official administration accounts like @VP, @WhiteHouse, and @PressSec.” He continued: “We believe this affected about 560,000 people. This was a mistake, it wasn’t right, we own it, and we apologise. No excuses.”
In his stream of tweets on Saturday, Dorsey also said “we believe” all the affected accounts have been fixed.has sought comment from Twitter to confirm that the gaffe has been fully rectified.
Obama’s personal account (@BarackObama) has roughly 83.1 million followers, far more than the 14.3 million following Trump’s official account, and the 21.6 million following @realDonaldTrump. Obama joined Twitter in March 2007, while Trump’s ominous sign-up happened two years later in March 2009.
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