Secret Recruitment Message Found in White House Website’s Source Code

Secret Recruitment Message Found in White House Website’s Source Code

Very visible changes to the official White House website were seen soon after Wednesday’s inauguration.

A less obvious update was discovered by a Microsoft developer who dived into the site’s source code, the language that creates the pages people see, per the New York Post.

A commented-out line — disabled letters, numbers, symbols invisible to website users — says: “If you’re reading this, we need your help building back better.”

The words are followed by a link to the United States Digital Service (USDS) job application page. 

The USDS is charged with consulting on information technology with lawmakers and works to provide better digital services to citizens. It was established in 2014 to help modernize antiquarian technologies in the U.S. government.

USDS staffers typically work for the agency within various federal agencies between six months and two years, with a maximum length of four years, per The Hill.  

Microsoft developer Isaac Hepworth was credited with noticing the recruitment message. 

Other changes to on Wednesday included an updated priorities page that now lists COVID-19, climate, racial equality, economy, healthcare, immigration, and restoring America’s global standing, per CBS News.

Also, the addition of a Pronouns section on the Contact form, the ability to translate the entire website into Spanish, and more high contrast and large font size options in compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines appear on the website.

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