The handover does not require any information sharing between the outgoing Trump team and the incoming Biden team, according to the company. All Tweets on these accounts will be archived and Twitter will transfer the accounts – reset to zero Tweets – to Biden the White House that day.
why does it matter: Trump protested Biden’s victory, even though the results announced by election officials clearly give the race to Biden. The GSA, the federal agency responsible for starting the official presidential transition, has so far refused to do so. This delayed the Biden team’s access to everything from office space to government email addresses, to even banned them from using the .gov domain to host an official transition website.
But even if Trump continues to challenge his loss and fight his impeachment from the White House on January 20, he will have no say in whether he will hold on to one of the presidency’s key digital assets.
The dynamic is a reflection of the huge role Twitter played in US politics under Trump, and the great power the company wields.
Why it may not matter: President Trump used his personal account, Embed a Tweet, For most of his tweets even when he was president. Trump, as a private citizen, will retain control of this account.
However, the account will lose the protections it provides under Twitter’s “world leaders” policy – which allows rule-breaking tweets to stand still, with warning posters – the moment Biden is sworn in.
What’s Next: Twitter said its representatives will meet with transition officials in Biden-Harris in the coming months to discuss details of how the new administrations use Twitter.
Before Election Day in 2016, the Obama White House He published a robust plan to migrate his digital assets To the next president of the United States.
When President Barack Obama left office in 2017 to make way for Trump, the White House accounts of Obama were transferred to archived accounts under the National Archives and Records Administration. For example, President Obama’s tweets that have been living in POTUS have been placed under Ha-ha-ha, The account is locked.
The Trump White House has so far refused to engage in a public debate about the details of the presidential transition, which includes what will happen with digital assets like government Twitter accounts.