Twitter Will Transfer @POTUS To Joe Biden On Inauguration Day Even If Trump Doesn’t Concede
Twitter is going to transfer the @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden when he’s sworn in on Inauguration Day. The company told Politico that it will transfer the account to Biden even if President Donald Trump hasn’t conceded.
The President hasn’t done it, even though the election has been widely called for Biden earlier this month. Like @POTUS, Twitter will transfer other presidential accounts, like @whitehouse, @VP, and @FLOTUS too.
Before the transfer, Twitter will archive the existing content on all of the accounts and will reset the accounts to show zero tweets. Twitter also archived former President, Barack Obama’s account after his handover and you can view it here; @POTUS archive.
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“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.
Trump will still have access to his personal account, @realDonaldTrump, after the inauguration. However, the account will also lose special protections due to Trump changing his status as a world leader. This means that he will be subject to the same rules as most of the users on the platform.
World leaders can leave rule-breaking content online if there’s “a clear public interest value to keeping the tweet on the service”. “This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.
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