Twitter outlined how it plans to transfer institutional accounts to Joe Biden’s administration, confirming that they will not automatically retain followers from the previous administration.
The platform also said that a new account, @secondgentleman, will be launched to be used by Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“People on Twitter will be able to watch the transition of power take place in real-time as accounts for the White House, President, Vice President, First Lady and White House Press Secretary inherit their new institutional usernames: @Transition46 will become @WhiteHouse, @PresElectBiden will become @POTUS, @SenKamalaHarris will become @VP, @FLOTUSBiden will become @FLOTUS, and @PressSecPsaki will become @PressSec. The Tweets, account history, and followers will transition between these accounts.”
But the accounts won’t automatically inherit the followers from the previous administration. Instead, Twitter said followers will receive in-app alerts and other prompts, with the option to follow the new administration’s accounts.
On Thursday, Biden posted his first tweet on the @preselectbiden account, which so far has almost 500,000 followers.
“Folks — This will be the account for my official duties as President. At 12:01 PM on January 20th, it will become @POTUS. Until then, I’ll be using @JoeBiden. And while you’re here, follow @FLOTUSBiden @SenKamalaHarris @SecondGentleman and @Transition46.”
Folks — This will be the account for my official duties as President. At 12:01 PM on January 20th, it will become @POTUS. Until then, I'll be using @JoeBiden. And while you're here, follow @FLOTUSBiden @SenKamalaHarris @SecondGentleman and @Transition46.
— President-elect Biden (@PresElectBiden) January 15, 2021
Donald Trump’s @POTUS account will be transferred to the National Archives and publicly available as @POTUS45. His @realdonaldtrump account was his own personal account, but Trump was permanently suspended last week following the siege on the Capitol.
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