Twitter will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day , even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss , US media reported Friday .


The social media giant is “ actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20 th, 2021 ,” Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio told Politico in an email .


The process is being done in consultation with the National Archives, as it was in 2017 , he said.
The handover will see all existing tweets on @POTUS , as well as @FLOTUS, @VP and other official accounts , archived .


The accounts will then be reset to zero tweets and transferred to the incoming Biden White House that day .


Trump , who still has not conceded his November 3 loss , used Twitter to help build his political brand and , later , wield the power of the presidency — though he mainly uses his personal account, @realDonaldTrump , whose 88 million followers dwarf @ POTUS ’s 32 million .


The @ POTUS account is largely used to retweet Trump ’ s personal account as well as the White House and other accounts .


Trump ’ s frequent habit of abruptly announcing new policies on the platform has led to long – standing complaints of governing by tweet .


Twitter has long come under pressure to curb the president ’s use of the site to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories .

Since the election the company has slapped warning labels on many Trump tweets as he continues to insist , despite evidence to the contrary, that he won the vote , and that Biden ’s victory is down to massive fraud .


Biden , for his part , is a far more sedate Twitter user . He has sent less than 7 ,000 tweets to his 19 million followers , compared to Trump ’s 58 ,000 .

AFP

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