Just days after the White House criticized Elon Musk for advocating anti-Semitism, US President Joe Biden joined Threads, Meta’s social media rival to X.
On his 81st birthday, he wrote in his first post,” Folks, it’s President Biden.” ” My message to you has n’t changed, but you’re hearing from me today on a different platform.”
Biden continued,” I do n’t see a bleak, gloomy, divided future for America.” ” I see America preparing to take off.”
In an effort to overthrow Musk’s X, which was then known as Twitter, as the go-to platform for celebrities, businesses, and governments to make public statements, Meta, the home of Facebook and Instagram, introduced Threads in July.
First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, her husband Douglas Emhoff, and the White House itself all received Threads accounts in English and Spanish, according to a press release from the administration.
According to a White House official,” Threads is an additional way we can inform Americans about the administration’s historic actions to create 14 million jobs, lower prescription drug costs, and protect freedoms, among other things.”
The launch had been planned for a few weeks, the official continued.
However, Musk, the richest person in the world, was criticized by a White House spokesman for the “abhorrent promotion” of an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory just three days prior to Biden’s platform debut.
Following the contentious Tesla and SpaceX tycoon’s response to a platform anti-Semitic post last week with the words” You have said the actual truth,” advertisers have also abandoned X.
On Monday, the White House criticized Musk once more but stated that no plans had been made to alter US plans to use a Starship rocket for upcoming Moon landings.
At a briefing, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stated that this does not imply that we endorse, concur with, or condone in any way the anti-Semitic rhetoric he pushed.
Ben LaBolt, the director of White House communications, promoted the president’s first Threadspost-on-X.