The White House today launched an Instagram account, Mr. Obama’s social media team tweeted.
When bills become infographics and the President’s speeches are reduced to animated gifs, it can only mean one thing: the White House has officially joined Tumblr. Look out, Internet.
An alarming rumor circulated through Twitter today that the White House had been bombed and that President Obama had been injured. The source? The Associated Press, a reputable news organization whose Twitter account was hacked.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced her decision to introduce a bill this week to legalize cell phone unlocking. This decision comes just a day after the White House announced its official support in response to 140,000+ petitioners wishing to legalize cell phones unlocking.
Klochubar said that consumers “should be free to choose the phone and service that best fits their needs and their budgets… I will continue to work to advance commonsense measures to protect consumers and promote competition.” The Senator is not alone. The Hill also reported that other Senators and Representatives are supporting the White House in its decision: Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
Over 114,000 petitioners asked the White House to legalize the practice of unlocking cell phones, and they might get their wish. The official response agrees wholeheartedly:
The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren’t bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network…
The Obama Administration would support a range of approaches to addressing this issue, including narrow legislative fixes in the telecommunications space that make it clear: neither criminal law nor technological locks should prevent consumers from switching carriers when they are no longer bound by a service agreement or other obligation.
The White House is hosting a Google+ Hangout on Air to discuss mortgage refinancing options with homeowners. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan will join the hangout moderated by the real estate marketplace Zillow, Inc. at 3:15 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 12th.
Last year The Google Art Project and YouTube partnered to bring you virtual tours of famous museums around the globe. This month, the Google Art project and Google Street View team have gotten together to bring you another nifty project—a virtual tour of the White House.
Aneesh Chopra, an Assistant to the President and the U.S. Chief Technology Officer is embracing new social media in his latest move. He’s decided to use Quora to ask some key questions regarding the use of new technologies to help the people. This is part of President Obama’s “Startup America” plan, and is focused on getting entrepreneurs speaking about what they want out of government.
The 12-page strategy delineates procedures and tactical measures to respond to violent extremism, promises stating, “We will continue to closely monitor the important role the Internet and social-networking sites play in advancing violent extremist narratives.”
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer admitted to Brian Stelter of The New York Times that the deluge of tweets directed toward lawmakers, encouraged last Friday by President Barack Obama, were a factor in the agreement between congressional Democrats and Republicans on the debt ceiling, announced Sunday night.