Social Media Giants To Hand Over @POTUS Account To Biden On January 20
The social media giants will transfer presidential accounts to President-elect Joe Biden the moment he’s sworn in at noon on January 20, 2021.
The @POTUS account on both platforms is the official account of the President of the United States. It is separate from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account and the @DonaldTrump Facebook page that U.S. President Donald Trump mostly uses to write his posts.
Twitter will transfer the account to Biden even if President Donald Trump hasn’t conceded. Twitter will transfer @POTUS, @whitehouse, @VP, @FLOTUS, and a handful other official accounts associated with the presidency.
“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio said in an email to Policito. “As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.”
“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 20th, and we expect to do the same here,” Facebook said in response to a query from Reuters.