Trump will lose his Twitter ‘public interest’ protections in January

Twitter will transfer presidential accounts to Joe Biden on Inauguration Day

Twitter will transfer the @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden when he’s sworn in on Inauguration Day, the corporate instructed Politico. Twitter will transfer the account to Biden even when President Donald Trump hasn’t conceded — which he nonetheless hasn’t completed, regardless of the election extensively being referred to as for Biden earlier this month.

“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” a Twitter spokesperson mentioned in a press release to The Verge. “As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.”

Other presidential accounts, together with @whitehouse, @VP, and @FLOTUS, will be moved over as effectively, Politico reviews. The current content material on all the accounts will be archived earlier than the transfer (right here’s Barack Obama’s @POTUS archive, if you happen to’re curious), and the accounts will be reset to present zero tweets.

Trump will proceed to management his private account, @actualDonaldTrump, after Biden’s inauguration, however the account will lose the particular protections it will get due to Trump’s standing as a world chief — that means he will be topic to the identical guidelines as nearly all of the customers on the platform.

Correction: We initially mentioned in a single sentence that Twitter hadn’t replied to a request for remark, however that they had. We remorse the error.

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