Science / Tech News Last Update on May 25, 2015 07:07 GMT IN THE NEWS: "OFFENSIVE AND DISGUSTING" POSTS ON POTUS' TWITTER WASHINGTON (AP) -- Well, that didn't take long. President Barack Obama launched his new personal Twitter account a week ago today. And already, there have been a number of racist and offensive posts on the page. The White House has noted what it calls the "offensive and disgusting" replies posted Obama's Twitter account -- but says the posts are part of an open society. Spokesman Josh Earnest says that's why Obama launched the account after more than six years in office. As of this past Friday, Obama had more than 2.3 million Twitter followers. IN THE NEWS: R.I. TAKES STEPS TO ADDRESS THREATS AGAINST SCHOOLS PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Lawmakers in Rhode Island are looking to make it a felony to use a computer to threaten students at a school. The measure has cleared the House -- and now heads to the Rhode Island state Senate. The sponsor of the bill says she introduced the measure because of threats made last year in three different school systems. No details of the threats were provided. Under the proposed law, a first conviction would be a misdemeanor -- but a second conviction would bump the offense up to a felony.