Inauguration day is scheduled for January 20 as Joe Biden will replace Donald Trump as President of the United States. The transfer of presidential power between Biden and Trump has been a trending topic since the November election.
Another transition on Wednesday is control of @POTUS Twitter
Donald Trump's personal Twitter account was banned on January 8, but the ban does not include the official @ POTUS account.
On the day of the opening, Twitter will begin broadcasting. The process begins by archiving the account history and sending it to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), where the tweets and all account activity data remain publicly available.
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The Trump administration's @ POTUS account is archived as @ POTUS45, just as Barack Obama's account was archived as @ POTUS44. Once the account has been archived, it will no longer be able to tweet.
According to Twitter, other “institutional Twitter accounts of the White House” such as @VP, @FLOTUS, @WhiteHouse and @PressSec are subject to the same archiving process.
Twitter has stated that "these institutional accounts do not automatically retain followers from the previous administration".
If users who are already following @POTUS want to follow the official Twitter account of the Biden administration, they will have to follow @POTUS again after the transfer is complete, as the account will switch to @ POTUS45.
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Users who follow the accounts will receive an in-app notification informing them of the archiving process and giving them the option to follow the Twitter accounts of the new management.
However, the new institutional accounts won't start from zero followers. Twitter has described in detail that @ Transition46 becomes @WhiteHouse, @PresElectBiden @POTUS, @SenKamalaHarris @VP, @FLOTUSBiden @FLOTUS and @PressSecPsaki @PressSec.
Several social media platforms banned Donald Trump after the January 6 uprising in the US Capitol, including Facebook
Instagram, Snapchat, Google
own video platform YouTube and Amazon
-owned video service Twitch.