Trump's presidential accounts have 59 million subscribers, but Biden will not give them away
Together with the account of the 44th US President Barack Obama, Trump received his followers on Twitter, but Biden will not be given Trump's followers on his official presidential account, writes CNBC.
The Biden administration will soon have access to the president's official Twitter accounts, but no followers. In 2017, Trump received all the followers of Obama's official accounts, now Biden will be given official pages with zero followers.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that when the platform transfers institutional accounts like @WhiteHouse, @POTUS and @VP on inaugural day, they "won't automatically keep their existing followers." @POTUS currently has over 33 million followers and @WhiteHouse has 26 million.
This process differs from the previous hand-to-hand account transition, which was also the first ever presidential Twitter account transition since they were first created during the Obama era. Back then, all accounts retained followers during the presidential change.
Obama's and his administration's tweets have been archived under new Twitter descriptors, and the process will be repeated again with Trump's tweets in 2021.
According to a Twitter spokesperson, users subscribing to institutional accounts will be encouraged to continue to subscribe to them after the change of government, but they will not be automatically transferred to the new president.
“For example, people who subscribe to @WhiteHouse will be notified that the account has been archived as @ WhiteHouse45 and will be given the option to subscribe to a new @WhiteHouse account,” a spokesperson said.
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Previously, Biden’s digital chief of staff, Rob Flaherty, said on Twitter that the company had informed Biden’s team about the transfer of non-follower accounts. Most likely, it will not be difficult for Biden to gain new followers, although many followers of Trump's official account will most likely not want to continue following the presidential account after it passes into the hands of the new administration.
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