San Francisco: Twitter will make Joe Biden’s @POTUS account in addition to @WhiteHouse account to start out afresh with zero followers as soon as he’s sworn in as the subsequent US president on January 20.
The microblogging platform just isn’t transferring present @POTUS and @WhiteHouse followers to the brand new administration, Rob Flaherty, Biden’s digital director, was quoted as saying within the media experiences on Tuesday.
Whereas @POTUS at present has 33.2 million followers, @TheWhiteHouse has 26 million followers on Twitter.
In line with The Verge, it is a reversal from what Twitter did in 2017 when the Trump administration took over the accounts from the Obama administration.
“Back then, Twitter essentially duplicated the existing accounts, creating an archive of Obama-era tweets and followers and building a new set of accounts for the incoming administration that retained all of those followers without any of the tweets,” the report talked about.
The Wall Avenue Journal reported that there was rivalry between the Biden staff and Twitter over whether or not the followers can be transferred.
In line with Twitter, the accounts for @VP, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, @Cupboard, and @LaCasaBlanca can even have their followers gone.
Twitter stated it’s “in ongoing discussions with the Biden transition team on a number of aspects related to White House account transfers.”
The corporate final month stated all present tweets on these accounts will likely be archived and it’ll switch the accounts — reset to zero tweets — to Biden.
Donald Trump’s @POTUS account will likely be renamed @POTUS45 and “frozen as-is”.
Trump will likely be answerable for @realDonaldTrump, though with much less protections than earlier than.
From January 20 subsequent yr, Trump will lose particular privileges on Twitter and his tweets will likely be handled as another consumer.