Twitter says it will hand control of president’s official account to Biden on January 20 – even if Trump doesn’t concede
“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” Pacilio told Politico.
“As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration,” he added.
After a president leaves office, all their tweets are archived under a separate handle.
The president’s account is then reset to zero tweets as the handles are given to the new administration, Politico reports.
The official President’s account has been used mainly to retweet Trump’s personal tweets, or the White House.
Rather than tweeting from the official @POTUS handle, Trump has instead preferred to tweet from his own personal account, @realDonaldTrump, throughout his presidency.
Trump will keep control of his personal account after he is no longer in office – but it will lose the protections of the “world leaders” policy.
Under the policy, Twitter states it “will err on the side of leaving the content up if there is a clear public interest in doing so,” if the tweet violates other typical community rules.
Instead of removing those tweets, they are slapped with a label – like marking claims as “disputed.”
The confirmation from Twitter comes as Trump and his team continue to baselessly claim he won the election.