If you want to register a complaint with the Obama Administration, it’s probably best you air your grievances without directly tagging them in your Tweet.
Unless, of course, you’d like your Tweet logged, preserved and archived for posterity in a searchable database the White House will use to tag Twitter users who make routine comments that are “concerning” to the powers that be.
Case in point? After Barack Obama belatedly joined Twitter on Monday — in his official, presidential capacity — dozens of Twitter denizens began tweeting him sex jokes, threats and other unprintable inanities. (We counted nearly 500 tweets dropping f-bombs at POTUS in the past day.)
On Twitter, the White House automatically archives “tweets” from official White House accounts, “direct messages” sent to or from official White House accounts, and “mentions” (tweets from other users to official White House accounts.
Obviously, this is pretty standard for most social media. After all, the tradeoff for being able to use sites like Twitter and Facebook for free is that they get to use your uploaded content to (1) sell things to you and (2) pinpoint you more directly for advertisers. These sites collect and log all sorts of information, not just what you Tweet or post, but who you are, where you are, what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.
This is a little creepier, though, since the Secret Service is directly involved. Most people are freer on social media than they would be in real life, and it’s unclear what the Secret Service will consider a “threat” worthy of inclusion in a profile for further use. Drop an f-bomb? That could be considered a threat. Talk about your direct opposition to a program? Well, the White House has been fairly clear that they don’t tolerate those who spread misinformation on social media. Having an “enemies” list is far from out of bounds for even dedicatedly patriotic administrations.
In the meantime, you should probably just refrain from tagging the President directly. It’s way eaiser to whack on Congresspeople, anyway.
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