Twitter will switch the @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden when he’s sworn in on Inauguration Day, the corporate instructed Politico. Twitter will switch the account to Biden even when President Donald Trump hasn’t conceded — which he nonetheless hasn’t executed, regardless of the election broadly being referred to as for Biden earlier this month.
“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” a Twitter spokesperson mentioned in a press release to The Verge. “As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.”
Different presidential accounts, together with @whitehouse, @VP, and @FLOTUS, will likely be moved over as nicely, Politico reviews. The present content material on the entire accounts will likely be archived earlier than the switch (right here’s Barack Obama’s @POTUS archive, when you’re curious), and the accounts will likely 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 — that means he will likely be topic to the identical guidelines as nearly all of the customers on the platform.
Correction: We initially mentioned in a single sentence that Twitter hadn’t replied to a request for remark, however that they had. We remorse the error.