Former Vice President Joe Biden will reportedly have a long way to go to build up his Twitter presence, assuming, as currently projected, he takes over as president in January.
Twitter has reportedly told the Biden team that the official @POTUS account will be reset to zero followers, and “Donald Trump’s followers will not carry over to the official Twitter accounts assigned to the new president and White House in January, a reversal from the last transition,” Bloomberg News reported.
“The move would mean the Biden administration will start with zero followers and would cut off a way for Biden to instantly reach millions of people who currently follow the official accounts used by Trump,” said Bloomberg News. “The @POTUS account has more than 33 million followers while @WhiteHouse has 26 million.”
Bloomberg News also explained that other accounts would also be reset: “The Twitter accounts of the first lady, @FLOTUS, and of the White House press secretary, @PressSec, which have millions of followers each, will also be reset to zero.”
Twitter is changing its method of transitioning the @POTUS account. In 2017, when President Donald Trump assumed office, “the @POTUS account was changed to @POTUS44, an archive of President Barack Obama’s official tweets. That account kept all of its followers, which were also automatically added as followers to the newly created @POTUS account for the Trump administration.” Bloomberg News reported.
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