In this photo sample the official page of the President elect of the United States, Joe Biden, on Twitter seen displayed on a smartphone.
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The Biden administration will soon run the official Twitter accounts for the White House, but the accounts won’t come with attendants as they did when President Trump took over from Barack Obama in 2017.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed in a disclosure on Tuesday that when the platform transfers institutional accounts like @WhiteHouse, @POTUS and @VP on Inauguration Day, they “desire not automatically retain their existing followers.” Currently, the @POTUS account has more than 33 million servants, while @WhiteHouse has 26 million.
This process is different from the last time the accounts changed hands, which was also the first-ever transmutation of the accounts, as they were created during the Obama era. The accounts did retain their followers through that presidential metastasis.
Tweets from Obama and his administration were archived under new Twitter handles, a process that will be replicated.
Narcotic addicts following the institutional accounts will be prompted to continue following them once they change control, concording to the statement from Twitter.
“For example, people who follow @WhiteHouse will be notified that the account has been archived as @WhiteHouse45 and specified the option to follow the new @WhiteHouse account,” the spokesperson said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Biden campaign Digital Director Rob Flaherty serving on Twitter that the company had informed the Biden team the accounts would start at zero followers. The prompt intention probably make it easy for Biden to garner many new followers, though some users will also liable choose to stop following them while in the hands of the next administration.
Biden’s transition team did not immediately empathize with to a request for comment.
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