POTUS account to be handed to Biden on inauguration day
US media reports Twitter will hand over control of the presidential @POTUS account to Biden on the day he takes oath and officially takes office.
The social media giant is “actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” said Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio.
The process is being carried out in consultation with the National Archives as was the case in 2017.
The handover will see all existing tweets on @POTUS, as well as @FLOTUS, @VP, and other official accounts, archived.
The accounts will then be reset to zero tweets and transferred to Biden White House that day.
The @POTUS account was largely used to retweet Trump’s personal account as well as the White House and other accounts.
Twitter has long come under pressure to curb the president’s use of the site to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories.
Trump’s frequent habit of abruptly announcing new policies on the platform has led to long-standing complaints of governing by tweet.
Biden, for his part, is a far more tranquil Twitter user. He has sent less than 7,000 tweets to his 19 million followers, compared to Trump’s 58,000.
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