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 finished, regardless of the election broadly being known as for Biden earlier this month.
“Twitter is actively getting ready to assist the transition of White Home institutional Twitter accounts on January twentieth, 2021,” a Twitter spokesperson stated in a press release to The Verge. “As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this course of is being finished in shut session with the Nationwide Archives and Data Administration.”
Different presidential accounts, together with @whitehouse, @VP, and @FLOTUS, will likely be moved over as nicely, Politico experiences. The present content material on all the accounts will likely be archived earlier than the switch (right here’s Barack Obama’s @POTUS archive, in case you’re curious), and the accounts will likely be reset to point out zero tweets.
Trump will proceed to manage his private account, @realDonaldTrump, after Biden’s inauguration, however the account will lose the particular protections it will get as a result of Trump’s standing as a world chief — which means he will likely be topic to the identical guidelines as the vast majority of the customers on the platform.
Twitter didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.