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Obama-Era Rules Forced Nikki Haley To Lose All Her Twitter Followers

Obama-Era Rules Forced Nikki Haley To Lose All Her Twitter Followers

In October of last year, Nikki Haley resigned from her position as US Ambassador to the United Nations. The timing of the decision led many to believe Haley could potentially run for the presidency.

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If Haley does decide to run for political office, she is going to have to work on rebuilding her social media presence. Due to an Obama-era rule, Haley lost all 1.67 million of her Twitter followers after leaving the Ambassador position.

Highly visible cabinet positions allow appointees to quickly gain many more twitter followers than they previously had. The rule was put in place to prevent people from taking advantage of these new followers as they moved into the private sector.

Haley quickly took to Twitter in an attempt to up her numbers. She wrote from her now personal account, “Due to State Dept rules that were changed by the outgoing administration, I have had to clear my personal Twitter account that I have had for years, The followers, the history, the pictures, and all other content. Please refollow and retweet this to your friends. Here’s to 2019!”

The post has been effective as Haley’s new account is already up to 183,000 followers. Prominent Republicans like Sean Spicer and Ryan Fournier have asked their followers to support Haley’s new page.

Despite leaving her appointment, Haley is likely to be in the public eye whether she runs for office or not. Her new Twitter feed may lack history but her prominence is already being felt among her followers.

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