Twitter will transfer presidential accounts to Joe Biden on Inauguration Day

 theverge.com  11/21/2020 01:24:46   Jay Peters
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Twitter will transfer the @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden when hes sworn in on Inauguration Day, the company told Politico. Twitter will transfer the account to Biden even if President Donald Trump hasnt conceded  which he still hasnt done, despite the election widely being called for Biden earlier this month.

Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021, a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge. As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.

Other presidential accounts, including @whitehouse, @VP, and @FLOTUS, will be moved over as well, Politico reports. The existing content on all of the accounts will be archived before the transfer (heres Barack Obamas @POTUS archive, if youre curious), and the accounts will be reset to show zero tweets.

Trump will continue to control his personal account, @realDonaldTrump, after Bidens inauguration, but the account will lose the special protections it gets due to Trumps status as a world leader  meaning he will be subject to the same rules as the majority of the users on the platform.

Correction: We originally said in one sentence that Twitter hadnt replied to a request for comment, but they had. We regret the error.

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