The transfer requires no sharing of information between the outgoing Trump team and the incoming Biden team, according to the company. All existing tweets on these accounts are archived, and Twitter transfers the accounts – reset to zero tweets – to Biden White House that day.
Why it matters: Trump has protested Biden’s victory, although results published by election officials clearly give the race to Biden. The GSA, the federal agency responsible for triggering the start of the formal presidential election process, has so far refused to do so. It has delayed the Biden team’s access to everything from office space and to government email addresses and even blocked them from using the .gov domain to host an official transition site.
But even if Trump continues to contest his loss and fight his removal from the White House on January 20, he will have nothing to say about whether he is stuck on one of the presidency̵
The dynamics reflect the hugely important role that Twitter has played in U.S. politics in the Trump era, and the significant power the company exercises.
Why it might not matter: President Trump has used his personal account, @realDonaldTrump, in most of his tweets, even while he was president. As a private citizen, Trump will retain control of this account.
That said, the account will lose the protection it carries under Twitter’s “world leaders” policy – which allows rule-breaking tweets to stay up with warning labels – the moment Biden is sworn into office.
What’s next: Twitter said its representatives will meet with Biden-Harris transition officials in the coming months to discuss the details of how the new administrations will use Twitter.
Before Election Day 2016, the White House Obama announced a robust plan for the transition of its digital assets to the next president of the United States.
When President Barack Obama left office in 2017 to make room for Trump, Obama-white house accounts were moved to archived accounts under the direction of the National Archives and Records Administration. For example, President Obama’s tweets that had resided on @POTUS were subject to @ POTUS44, and the account was locked.
Trump’s White House has so far refused to participate in public discussion of the information about the president’s transition, which includes what will happen to digital assets like the government’s Twitter accounts.