Justice Breyer: Don’t ‘follow’ me on Twitter

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is wary of having Twitter followers.

Breyer, 72, told members of a House Appropriations subcommittee Thursday that he signed on to Twitter last year in order to follow news of the Iranian revolution, but he turns down most follower requests.

“It’s probably not a good idea,” he said. “Judges wear black robes so that they will resist the temptation to publicize themselves. Because we speak for the law, and that is to be anonymous. So I wouldn’t want to have followers on the tweeter or the Facebook page but for my children, and I can get in touch with them anyway.”

Although he didn’t reveal his handle on what he called the "tweeting thing," Breyer did admit that he still has an account. “From time to time, because I don’t know how to take it off, I get requests, ‘Can we follow you?’”

Breyer said he found it "quite flattering" that somebody would want to "follow" him. Breyer told a reporter later that he only has one follower on Twitter: an “old law clerk.”

--This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. on Friday April 15th.

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