Twitter will switch the @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden when he’s sworn in on Inauguration Day, the company told Politico. Twitter will switch the account to Biden even when President Donald Trump hasn’t conceded — which he nonetheless hasn’t achieved, regardless of the election extensively being referred to as for Biden earlier this month.
“Twitter is actively getting ready to assist the transition of White Home institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” a Twitter spokesperson mentioned in an announcement to The Verge. “As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this course of is being achieved in shut session with the Nationwide Archives and Information Administration.”
Different presidential accounts, together with @whitehouse, @VP, and @FLOTUS, will probably be moved over as properly, Politico experiences. The prevailing content material on all the accounts will probably be archived earlier than the switch (right here’s Barack Obama’s @POTUS archive, should you’re curious), and the accounts will probably be reset to indicate zero tweets.
Trump will proceed to regulate his private account, @realDonaldTrump, after Biden’s inauguration, however the account will lose the particular protections it will get resulting from Trump’s standing as a world chief — which means he will probably be topic to the identical guidelines as nearly all of the customers on the platform.
Twitter didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.