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Obama White House loves BlackBerry but bars Twitter

July 24, 2009 |  2:48 pm

Barack Obama's White House, home of the famously BlackBerrying president and first lady, has blocked online access to Twitter.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made the admission today (see C-SPAN video below), while acknowledging that he does not Twitter because the world knows enough already about what he's doing.

And the presidential spokesman says he doesn't really know why the chief executive's offices have blocked access to the popular social networking site. Maybe to avoid taxpayer-funded tweets that cost 140 characters.

In fact, the president himself allegedly Twitters in two places, @WhiteHouse and less frequently,  @barackobama

But now we know the staff will have to rely on their own non-work devices to keep up with the boss' tweets.


-- Andrew Malcolm

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