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Twitter will clear POTUS account followers: Biden campaign

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President-elect Joe Biden‘s campaign digital director on Tuesday said that the accounts which the official POTUS and White House Twitter accounts follow will all be unfollowed by Twitter when Biden becomes president in January, Twitter reportedly told Biden’s team, The Hill reports.

Retweeting the Wall Street Journal’s Emily Glazer, who herself shared an article she wrote about how President Donald Trump will be held to different Twitter rules once he’s no longer in office, Rob Flaherty, Biden’s Digital Director, on Tuesday morning made the statement about the POTUS and White House accounts.

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“In 2016, the Trump admin absorbed all of President Obama’s Twitter followers on @POTUS and @WhiteHouse — at Team 44’s urging,” Flaherty tweeted, referencing Barack Obama’s role as the 44th president. “In 2020, Twitter has informed us that as of right now the Biden administration will have to start from zero.”

Twitter spokesperson Nicholas Pacilio would not confirm Flaherty’s statement and stated that the social media platform is still talking with the Biden transition team about the transfer of the accounts.

“Twitter has been in ongoing discussions with the Biden transition team on a number of aspects related to White House account transfers,” Pacilio said in a statement.

In response to Pacilio, Flaherty reaffirmed his earlier statement, saying, “Hey @NickPacilio — happy to share the email thread where we pushed back and we were told this was unequivocal.”

Following this fiery retort, Pacilio replied, saying, “Hey Rob, no need i’m familiar with it!”

According to the Biden transition team, per The Hill, the social media platform will send out a one-time notification suggesting users who follow Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Twitter follow the “transition46” account which will be rebranded as the White House account. However, the POTUS, FLOTUS, and “PressSec” accounts will start with following zero accounts.

Both accounts together have 59.2 million followers, with the POTUS account having 33.2 million and the White House account having 26 million. Nonetheless, their total doesn’t even come close to the 88.5 million who follow President Trump’s personal account.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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