The broadcast does not require sharing information between Trump’s outgoing team and Biden’s incoming team, according to the company. All existing tweets in these accounts will be archived, and Twitter will transfer accounts – reset to zero tweets – to Biden’s White House that day.
Why it matters: Trump protested against Biden’s victory, although the results published by election officials clearly give Biden a race. The GSA, the federal agency responsible for launching the official presidential transition process, has so far refused to do so. This slowed Biden’s team’s access to everything from office space to government email addresses, and even blocked them from using the .gov domain to host an official transition website.
But even if Trump continues to dispute his loss and fight his removal from the White House on Jan. 20, he will have no say whether he will stick to one of the presidency̵
The dynamics are a reflection of the extremely important role that Twitter has played in American politics in the Trump era, and the significant power that the company possesses.
Why it may not matter: President Trump uses his personal @realDonaldTrump account for most of his tweets, even while he is president. Trump, as a private citizen, will retain control of this account.
However, the account will lose the protection it has under Twitter’s policy of “world leaders” – which allows warning labels with warning labels to remain – the moment Biden is sworn in.
What next: Twitter said its representatives would meet with Biden-Harris representatives in the transition in the coming months to discuss details on how the new administrations will use Twitter.
Ahead of election day in 2016, the Obama White House announced a strong plan to move its digital assets to the next president of the United States.
When President Barack Obama left office in 2017 to give way to Trump, Obama’s White House accounts were transferred to archived accounts under the administration of the National Archives and Archives Administration. For example, President Obama’s tweets that lived on @POTUS were posted under @POTUS44 and the account was locked.
So far, the Trump White House has refused to participate in a public discussion of the details of the presidential transition, which includes what will happen to digital assets such as government Twitter accounts.