It was all a sham.
Obama admitted to a group of Chinese students that he’d never used Twitter today.
He has 2.6 million followers.
Barack Obama spoke to a group of Chinese students tonight at a town hall in Shanghai. The meeting was streamed live, worldwide on the Whitehouse website and on the Whitehouse’s Facebook page. He was asked a limited number of questions by the audience and one was about Twitter, which has been blocked in China since July.
Got that? The President went to China, was asked about Twitter and it was streamed live on his Facebook page. How the world has changed.
Obama was asked by a student, “Do you know about the great firewall and should we be able to use Twitter?” His reply: “I have never used Twitter but I’m an advocate of technology and not restricting internet access.” (via Breaking News Online)
He’s never used Twitter! Shocking, given that his account with 2.6 million followers has even been “verified” by Twitter headquarters! (Update: As a reader points out in comments below, the Twitter website says that verification is given to accounts representing organizations and public figures, but doesn’t verify who’s actually Tweeting the Twittle.)
The Twitterverse was all atwitter when Obama admitted this today.