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Twitter said that it will meet with the Biden-Harris transition team in the coming months to transfer social media accounts from President Donald Trump to the new administration, regardless of whether or not Trump concedes the race.
The company confirmed to Newsweek on Saturday that President-elect Joe Biden will receive the @POTUS Twitter handle as soon as he is inaugurated into the White House in January.
"Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration," a Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek.
Among other White House Twitter accounts that will be handed over to Biden's team include @whitehouse, @VP, and @FLOTUS.
Gaining access into these accounts will provide the new administration with an extended way to communicate with the American public while in office. The @POTUS handle currently has over 32 million followers.
As Politico reported, the company stated that the handover of those accounts will not require direct communication from the Trump administration to the Biden-Harris transition team. All existing tweets from those handles will be archived, and the accounts will be reset to zero tweets before the Biden team takes over.
Trump will be able to continue using his personal account @realDonaldTrump, which, with 89 million followers, he's been more prone to posting from anyways.
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