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Monday, January 23, 2017
Twitter apologizes after @POTUS error forces 560,000 to follow Trump
On Friday, Twitter planned a massive undertaking: The transition of the @POTUS account from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, and the migration of those @POTUS followers from one account to another. Each of these accounts—@POTUS, @FLOTUS, @VP, etc.—had millions of followers. With an account transition of that scale, naturally, there were some bugs.
Apparently, some Twitter users who wanted to follow @POTUS44 after 12pm EST on Friday discovered they were actually following @POTUS. Others who had unfollowed @POTUS ahead of the new administration's takeover suddenly saw they were still following the account. Yet others, who claimed they had never followed @POTUS to begin with, found themselves following the account (although in this case, it is difficult to know whether it was a true bug or whether they had followed the account at some point in the past).