White House Website Scrubbed of LGBT, Climate Change, Healthcare and Civil Rights Mentions

Changes happened as Trump was sworn in

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Immediately after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, some changes were made to the White House's official website and social media accounts.

Though the plan to move Barack Obama's tweets as @POTUS to @POTUS44 was already in place, the Twitter account was wiped clean of tweets and followers to prepare it for President Trump (though he will reportedly continue to use @realDonaldTrump).

WhiteHouse.gov also saw lightning-fast changes, many of which observant Twitter users pointed out right away. Pages that contained information on issues such as LGBT rights and climate change as well as many resources on healthcare and civil rights were removed from the site.

For reference, here is what the website looked like during Obama's last days in office:



And here is what the updated version looks like:


Obviously, there will be a transition period and time for the new administration to shape policy, but there already appears to be a stark difference in attitude, including this language in a passage from "Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community":

One of the fundamental rights of every American is to live in a safe community. A Trump Administration will empower our law enforcement officers to do their jobs and keep our streets free of crime and violence. The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration. President Trump will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.

Meanwhile, during Friday's inauguration, and for hours afterward, pockets of protestors clashed with police, and more than 90 protestors have been arrested.

For people who are curious about what the websites used to look like, the White House has an archival site for Obama's presidency. You can also use the Wayback Machine to visit previous versions of sites.

@samimain sami.main@adweek.com Sami Main is social editor for Adweek, where she posts Adweek content onto social platforms and looks for creative ways to communicate what's new.