US President Joe Biden made an appearance on Meta-owned Threads on his birthday. The US president was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff. Biden’s move comes amid the rising controversy around the antisemitic post that was condemned by the White House.
The President asserted that while the platform is new, the message of the people remains the same. He stressed an “inflection point” where the decisions made today will impact the upcoming decades.
“Right now, we face an inflection point – one of those challenging moments in history where the decisions we make today will determine decades to come,” he said. He added that the country is “about to take off” in the future and he will strive to “meet this moment”.
First Lady Dr Jill Biden also joined the platform and posted: “Hello, Threads! As we look to the holiday season, my heart is full of hope and gratitude. It’s the honour of my life to be your First Lady.”
On the other hand, Harris said: “Since taking office, I have travelled to 34 states to speak directly with the American people, including tens of thousands of young leaders. I have also met with over 100 world leaders: presidents, prime ministers, chancellors, and kings.”
US Vice President Kamala Harris (Image:Reuters)
She added that she looks forward to a “candid dialogue” on important issues on the platform. Plus, Emhoff shared comments around “gender equity, access to justice, and countering hate of all kinds”. Apart from the top names, the White House marked attendance too, with remarks: “The wait is Joe-ver.”
The arrival of the top official from the US administration comes days after X (formerly Twitter) was embroiled in a controversy around the endorsement of an antisemitic post by Musk and the departure of EU and top tech companies such as IBM, Apple, Disney and more from the advertising scene. The step was a result of a report from Media Matters. You can read more on this here.