- Twitter will pass on the official @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden as he took the oath of office on the inauguration day, the company said Friday.
- The social media company plans to do the same for other Twitter handles related to the presidency, including @FLOTUS, @VP and @whitehouse accounts.
- This move will not affect President Trump too much, as he largely writes in his personal account @realDonaldTrump.
- However, his personal account could be much more regulated once he leaves the White House.
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President-elect Joe Biden will be handed over to the official @POTUS account when he takes the oath of office, a Twitter statement said on Friday.
“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of institutional accounts in the White House to Twitter on January 20, 2021
The social media company plans to do the same for other Twitter handles related to the presidency, including @FLOTUS, @VP and @whitehouse accounts.
No information will be shared between Trump’s team and Biden’s incoming administration during the broadcast, the company said.
Trump’s existing tweets on @POTUS will be archived and Twitter will reset the account to zero tweets.
This procedure was the same in 2016, when President Barack Obama handed over the bill to Trump. The Obama @POTUS archive can be found here.
Even if Trump does not admit it, there will be a transition that he has not yet officially made after losing the November 7 presidential election to Biden.
For the past four years, Trump has largely used his personal account – @realDonaldTrump – for most of his tweets. As a private citizen, he will be able to retain control of this account after the day of taking office.
However, his personal Twitter account could be much more regulated and could even face suspension or removal, according to Twitter’s policies.
This is because his tweets will no longer fall into Twitter’s exceptions for the “world leader”, which means that they can be considered outside the company’s public interest terms.
In the last few weeks, Twitter has posted “misleading” and “disputed” labels on several of Trump’s tweets about stolen elections.
There is absolutely no evidence to support Trump’s baseless allegations that Democrats “rigged” the election against him.
On Tuesday, Twitter added a new label that reads “Official sources called the election differently” after Trump falsely said he had won the presidential election.
Between Monday and Friday, the label was applied to five of the president’s tweets.