Obama bans daughters from Facebook
London: US President Barack Obama who relied heavily on the social media to boost his presidential campaign in 2008, has banned his daughters from using Facebook, a media
report said today.
The 'First Social Media President' said it "does not make much sense" to put the most private details of his family life on public view. He doesn't want "strangers knowing" their family business, UK's tabloid Mail Online reported.
His elder daughter, Malia, is 13, and just old enough to use Facebook. Her younger sister Sasha is ten.
But Obama said he won't consider allowing them to join the site until they are both four years older.
His admission seems somewhat ironic, given that he made full use of Facebook and other websites to encourage the young to vote for him in the presidential election and to raise millions of dollars for his campaign . As a result, he became known as the 'First Social Media President'. His Facebook page which has 24 million 'likes' remains a key part of his ongoing efforts to seek re-election.
One of the many photos on the page shows Mr Obama swimming in the sea with one of his daughters.
In an interview, the President described the thinking behind the Facebook ban as: "Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don't know knowing our business? That doesn't make much sense."