Twitter will hand over control of the US presidential account @POTUS to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on the day of the inauguration, even if then Donald Trump has not admitted his electoral defeat, US media reported on Friday.
The social network is “actively preparing to support the transition of the White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20, 2021,” Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio told Politico in an email.
The process is being carried out in consultation with the National Archive, as it was done in 2017, he said.
As part of the transfer, all existing tweets will be archived in @POTUS, as well as in @FLOTUS (the account of the first lady), @VP (that of the Vice President) and other official accounts.
The accounts will then be reset to zero tweets and transferred to the new occupant of the White House that day.
Trump, who has yet to admit his Nov. 3 defeat, used Twitter to help build his political brand and later exercise the power of the presidency, though he primarily uses his personal account, @realDonaldTrump, whose 88 million followers They outshine the 32 million @POTUS.
The @POTUS account is largely used to retweet Trump’s personal account, as well as that of the White House and other accounts.
Trump’s frequent habit of abruptly announcing decisions and new policies on the social network has led to long-standing criticism of ruling by tweet.
Twitter has been under pressure, particularly in recent months, to limit the president’s use of the platform to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories.
Since the election, the network has put warning labels on many Trump tweets that it continues to insist, despite evidence to the contrary, that he won the election and that Biden’s victory is due to massive fraud.
Biden, for his part, is a much more measured Twitter user.
He has sent fewer than 7,000 tweets to his 19 million followers, compared to 58,000 for Trump.
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