Mark Zuckerberg’s latest social media platform has a new high-profile user: the President of the United States.
After Elon Musk endorsed an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory on X, his social media platform formerly known as Twitter, the White House slammed his “unacceptable” comments.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this abhorrent promotion of anti-Semitic and racist hatred,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. statement Friday.
On Monday, President Joe Biden apparently took another step in condemning Musk’s comments: Biden joined X’s closest competitor, Threads.
“Friends, it’s President Biden”, the official @POTUS account published on November 20 in his first article on Threads. “You’re hearing me today from a new platform, but my message hasn’t changed: Right now, we face an inflection point – one of those difficult moments in history where decisions what we take today will determine the decades to come. But I do not see a dark, gloomy, divided future for America. I see an America on the verge of taking off. I will continue to do everything in my power power to respond at this time – and will keep you informed along the way.
The White House has given no official reason why Biden chose now to join Threads, which is owned by Facebook’s parent company, Meta, and closely integrated with Instagram. Topics spear in July and won 100 million users in just a few days as social media aficionados searched for an alternative to Twitter without Musk. The platform has struggle to keep all those users active, but continued to grow with a dedicated user base in the tens of millions.
However, the timing is interesting. Major advertisers to have leak X in recent days, following backlash over Musk’s comments regarding the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory he promoted. Also, polls show Biden trailing behind Donald Trump among key demographics as we head into the 2024 presidential election season. One of Biden’s biggest challenges has been his support for Israel’s military campaign in Gaza against Hamas, with which many Groups such as young voters and the Democratic base disagree.
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If that last point was one of the White House’s calculations for Biden to join Threads, it doesn’t seem to be going very well. Minutes after Biden’s first post on the platform, replies were already filling with users demanding a ceasefire and posting “Free Palestine” and other words of support for the Palestinian people.