Twitter intends to hand over the US presidential account to Biden, whether or not Trump agrees.
Twitter confirmed that it is preparing to automatically transfer the @POTUS account to the US President-elect, Joe Biden, the moment he takes the oath on the inauguration day, whether President Donald Trump abdicates or not.
The same is true of @whitehouse, VP @, first lady @flotus, and a few other official accounts associated with the presidency.
Twitter spokesman Nick Basilio said in an email: “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transfer of institutional Twitter accounts to the White House on January 20, 2021.”
“As we did with the presidential transition in 2017, this process is taking place in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration,” he added.
According to the company, the handover does not require any kind of information sharing between the outgoing Trump team and the incoming Biden team.
All the tweets within those accounts are archived, and Twitter transfers the accounts to Biden on the day of the inauguration by deleting previous tweets after archiving them.
Trump is refusing to acknowledge Biden’s victory, even though the results announced by election officials give Biden the presidential race.
The GSA, the federal agency responsible for the official presidential transition, has refused to do so.
This delayed the Biden team’s access to everything, from office space to government email addresses, and prevented them from using the gov domain. To host an official transitional website.
And if Trump continues to oppose his loss and fight his removal from the White House on January 20, he will have no say in him being responsible for one of the presidency’s major digital assets.
“Twitter,” said: “Its representatives will meet with Biden officials in the coming months to discuss details of how the new administrations use the Twitter platform.”
Trump continues to control his @realDonaldTrump account after Biden’s inauguration. Still, the account loses the special protection it received due to Trump’s status as a global leader, which means it is subject to the same rules as most users across the platform.
In 2016, during the Obama era, the White House announced a plan to transfer digital assets to the United States’ next president.
When President Barack Obama left office in 2017, Obama’s presidential accounts were transferred to archived accounts under the National Archives and Records Administration.
The Trump White House has refused to engage in a public debate over the presidential transition details, which includes what happens with digital assets, such as government “Twitter” accounts.