Obama to hand dig­i­tal keys to suc­ces­sor

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE White House has an­nounced plans for the trans­fer of power – on­line power that is, in the form of Twit­ter and other so­cial me­dia ac­counts with mil­lions of fol­low­ers.

“The han­dle @POTUS will be made avail­able to the 45th Pres­i­dent of the United States on Jan­uary 20, 2017,” deputy chief dig­i­tal of­fi­cer Kori Schul­man wrote, fit­tingly, in a blog post.

Mr Obama’s White House has ag­gres­sively used so­cial me­dia to by­pass jour­nal­ists and appeal un­fil­tered and un­fact-checked to vot­ers.

Mr Obama has granted a host of in­ter­views with plat­forms like Snapchat and YouTube to talk about his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pri­or­i­ties while avoid­ing the most both­er­some ques­tions.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has logged nearly 30,000 @White­House tweets and thou­sands of hours of video footage.

The new pres­i­dent, who­ever he or she is, will in­herit a po­tent dig­i­tal mega­phone.

The @POTUS han­dle alone has more than 11 mil­lion fol­low­ers, and the White House more than 12 mil­lion.

Photo: AFP

Barack Obama has been very ac­tive on so­cial me­dia.

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