The former president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has refused to give up her official presidential twitter account to the new president, Mauricio Macri. I learned this because it’s trending on Facebook, so its either a big deal or not important at all. I don’t know anything about Argentinian politics, but I know all about confusion and I think this is gonna cause some.
Here are some crucial questions I have about this situation:
- Why did they create a twitter account for the position’s office, instead of her own personal office? Casa Rosada is like the White House, so it would be like President Obama wanting to tweet as the White House for the rest of his life. This is the modern world. Your grandma has twitter. The Obama family has like 437 social media accounts. She could definitely have had two.
- Did she plan to be president forever and was caught by surprise by this turn of events? She and her staff should have expected that one day she wouldn’t be the political leader of Argentina and planned ahead for the social media ramifications of this change. This shows a lack of forethought on their part—not what you want from your president.
- Are people going to be confused now that there is a @CasaRosadaAR account and a @CasaRosada account? Will she use that confusion to her own benefit, tweeting out embarrassing or controversial messages one would believe are from President Macri? Will she repeatedly tweet the Dominos pizza emoji so that he gets hundreds of unexpected pizza deliveries?
- Is this not a political stand at all, but one based solely on a fear of losing followers, retweets, and likes? If so, I get you, girl. My mom is my only fan and I can imagine causing a huge bureaucratic disturbance to get some more love from the cyber world.