The official Twitter account of the President of the United States will automatically transfer to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even though President Donald Trump has not admitted defeat in the presidential election. “Twitter is actively preparing the transition of institutional accounts of the White House for January 20, 2021”, confirmed the social network on Saturday.
“As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is carried out in close collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration”, the equivalent of the National Archives, he said. All tweets published on @ POTUS (“President of the United States”) accounts, @FLOTUS (“First lady” or First lady of the United States),
@VP (vice-president) and other official profiles will be archived. The accounts will then be reset and handed over to the new White House administration on the same day.
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Donald Trump, who still has not admitted his defeat on November 3, has built his political figure on Twitter. He uses them to campaign, to be indignant or rejoice, to attack opponents and to make official announcements. He mainly uses his personal account, followed by over 88 million subscribers, compared to over 32 million for @ POTUS. The official accounts were mainly used to retweet his personal account.
Since the election, he has repeatedly said on the platform that he won the election and that the victory of his Democratic opponent was linked to massive fraud, without providing any evidence. Twitter has added warning messages to scores of its tweets, including “this election fraud claim is disputed.”
Interventions considered abusive by the Republican camp, but insufficient by many Democrats and civil society, who have been protesting for years against this governance with tweets and against the exemptions enjoyed by politicians in terms of moderation of content on social networks.
Twitter is therefore facing strong pressure to curb disinformation and conspiracy theories, especially those coming from the American head of state. Joe Biden, on the other hand, is a much quieter Twitter user. He sent fewer than 7,000 tweets to his 19 million subscribers, compared to 58,000 for Trump.