Twitter made more than half a million people follow President Donald Trump

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Saturday acknowledged that his company had made more than a half million people follow President Donald Trump.

“We made some mistakes,” Dorsey tweeted, adding that the errors had been corrected.

The apparent glitch occurred as Twitter automatically switched followers of the @POTUS presidential account to both the archived account of former President Barack Obama, @POTUS44, and to the @POTUS account now belonging to Trump.

The news followed complaints on Twitter from people saying they had unfollowed the @POTUS account because of the Trump transition but found themselves following him anyway.

“Even if you unfollowed @POTUS, @FLOTUS and @VP DOUBLE CHECK THAT TWITTER HAS KEPT IT THAT WAY. It forced me to follow Trump last night,” a user identifying as Nicole Froio tweeted Saturday.

Dorsey tweeted that, “Some people who unfollowed @POTUS in the past were mistakenly marked to now follow @POTUS.”

Some 560,000 people were affected, Dorsey said.

“It wasn’t right, we own it, and we apologize. No excuses,” he tweeted.

Obama has returned to his previous Twitter account, @BarackObama.

“Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work,” Obama tweeted Friday.


Photo:  Jack Dorsey is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (Richard Drew/AP)


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