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Twitter Blocked In White House

Press Secretary doesn't see need for nonstop coverage

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Twitter may not have as many friends in high places as its fans imagined.  Robert Gibbs recently let slip that Twitter is blocked on White House computers.

This news seems a bit odd, considering that the BarackObama Twitter account was used so much prior to the election, and that it still gets the occasional update.  There’s an official whitehouse account that sees a fair amount of action, as well.

But White House Press Secretary Gibbs said during a C-SPAN interview, "Twitter is blocked on White House computers," and given his job description, he’s liable to be pretty well informed on the matter.

Gibbs also sort of pooh-poohed the idea of famous people using Twitter, explaining why he personally doesn’t have an account by saying, "I’m on camera enough that people have a decent sense of what I’m doing minus Twittering."

These remarks don’t represent the end of Twitter’s world, of course.  Still, given how much widespread government use might have helped the company, it’s not great news that things have taken a turn in the opposite direction with an official block at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in place.

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  • Pete

    Not as I do…..

    Is this a question of National Security or censorship or both? I suppose a little of both…

    It doesn’t really matter to me either way. There’s no good news coming from the White House just yet… I HOPE that CHANGES soon…

  • Guest

    Its now un blocked,

    If you go to the whitehouses twiiter, you will see

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/twitter-not-blocked-in-white-house-as-it-turns-out/

    White House Twitter-block mystery solved: http://bit.ly/gV9Xe

    http://twitter.com/whitehouse

  • Edward Craig

    Since Congress obsolesced my television I have never seen Mr. Gibbs. I do have a twitter account, though.

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