- Twitter will hand over the official @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, the company said Friday.
- The social media company plans to do the same for other Twitter handles linked to the presidency, including @FLOTUS, @ VP and @ whitehouse accounts.
- This move does not affect President Trump too much, as he has largely tweeted from his personal account @realDonaldTrump.
- However, his private account could be much more regulated after he left the White House.
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President-elect Joe Biden will be handed the official @POTUS account once he is sworn in on inauguration day, Twitter said in a statement Friday.
“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition to institutional Twitter accounts in the White House on January 20, 2021
The social media company plans to do the same for other Twitter handles linked to the presidency, including @FLOTUS, @ VP and @ whitehouse accounts.
No information will be shared between the Trump team and the upcoming Biden administration during the handover, the company said.
Trump’s existing tweets on @POTUS are archived, and Twitter resets the account to zero tweets.
This procedure was the same in 2016 when President Barack Obama handed over the account to Trump. Obama’s @POTUS archive can be found here.
Although Trump does not admit, the transition will happen, which he still has not officially done after losing the presidential election to Biden on November 7.
For the past four years, Trump has largely used his personal account – @realDonaldTrump – for most of his tweeting. As a private citizen, he will be able to retain control of this account after the inauguration day.
However, his personal Twitter account could be much more regulated, and he could even be subject to suspension or removal under Twitter policies.
This is because his tweets no longer fall under Twitter’s “world leader” exceptions, which means they can be considered outside the company’s terms of public interest.
In the last few weeks, Twitter has posted “misleading” and “controversial” labels on several of Trump’s tweets that the election was stolen.
There is absolutely no evidence to support Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that Democrats “rigged” the election against him.
On Tuesday, Twitter added a new tag that reads “Official sources called this election different,” after Trump erroneously claimed he won the presidential election.
Between Monday and Friday, the label has been applied to five of the president’s tweets.