It has to have been a busy weekend for the IT department at the White House…
First- after questioning and reporting by Major Garrett and Fox News, the White House announced changes to its email sign-up procedures. “We are implementing measures to make subscribing to e-mails clearer, including preventing advocacy organizations from signing people up to our lists without their permission when they deliver petition signatures and other messages on individual’s behalf,” White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement Sunday night (via Politico).
Various recipients of a healthcare email- some appearing on Fox News- complained that they had not asked to receive updates.
Now- tonight, Politico‘s Mike Allen points out the White House’s electronic tip box firstname.lastname@example.org has been shut down. The email address was set up earlier this month to collect info on “fishy” claims about the President’s health care plan and was criticized as an “Obama monitoring program” by Republicans.
Emails now bounce back with the following message:
The e-mail address you just sent a message to is no longer in service. We are now accepting your feedback about health insurance reform via http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck.