White House claims tweets helped pressure Congress to strike a deal

The president’s Twitter account sent more than a hundred tweets on Friday, urging GOP lawmakers to compromise on a debt-ceiling deal. The effort cost Obama 36,000 followers.

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On Friday, President Obama asked his 9 million Twitter followers to tweet at Republican legislators. More than 100 tweets were sent from his account.

According to a Mashable post, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter said that White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer believes the tweets helped pressure Congress to come to an agreement.

However, Obama’s Twitter account lost more than 36,000 followers, as Republican Congress members accused the White House of spamming.

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