Twitter Says Trump Will Lose the @POTUS Account, Whether He Concedes or Not

The presidential Twitter account will pass to Biden on inauguration day

Sarah Emerson
OneZero
Published in
4 min readNov 21, 2020

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In January, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, and inauguration plans are underway despite attempts by President Trump and his supporters to delegitimize the election’s outcome.

However, it’s become clear that Trump has no intention of peacefully transferring power to his predecessor. And since he’s refused to provide the Biden team access to government email, for example, one’s left to wonder if he’ll refuse to relinquish his social media accounts, as well.

But Twitter confirms to OneZero that should Trump decline to hand over the keys to @POTUS, they will be removed from him.

A Twitter representative told OneZero that the POTUS account will be transferred to Biden come inauguration day.

“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20, 2021,” Twitter’s spokesperson told OneZero. “As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.”

This transition occurred in 2017 when former president Barack Obama gave the POTUS and White House social media accounts to Trump and his team. According to Twitter, this occurred as Trump was being sworn in.

There are analogous accounts on Facebook. A representative for Facebook said they expected the transition to be handled just as it was in 2017.

“In 2017, we worked with both the Obama Administration and incoming Trump Administration to make sure the transition of their Facebook and Instagram accounts was seamless on January 20, and we expect to do the same here,” the spokesperson said.

Obama was the first president to use social media, and set a precedent for how these accounts should be used and their records preserved for history. In 2016, the White House announced a digital transition plan for content generated on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, iTunes, and Myspace. The Obama administration deemed that social media posts should be…

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Sarah Emerson
OneZero

Staff writer at OneZero covering social platforms, internet communities, and the spread of misinformation online. Previously: VICE