The plans assume that official accounts linked to the president and the White House would start with zero followers, contrary to Trump’s transition four years ago.
Twitter will reset the followers of the official profile on the social network of the President of the United States (@POTUS) to zero once the president-elect, Joe Biden, becomes the new president of the country in January.
As reported in Bloomberg, Twitter has already transmitted to Biden’s team its transition plans with the profile on the eponymous social network, for which the followers of the outgoing president, Donald Trump, will not be transferred to the accounts of the new administration.
These plans assume that the official accounts linked to the president and the White House would start with zero followers, contrary to the transition made with the arrival of Trump to the presidency four years ago.
Then, a new @POTUS account was created for Trump, leaving the one that Barack Obama’s team had managed as @ POTUS44 -a reference to the 44th president of the country-, although the followers of this account were automatically transferred to the newly created one.
On this occasion, current White House accounts will adopt the number 45, and followers will be notified to give them the option to follow the new profiles.
Biden’s team has pointed out that the idea is for @ Transition46 to become @WhiteHouse, but followers of both Biden and the White House will not be automatically migrated, but instead will be encouraged to follow those accounts.
The resetting of followers would also affect the account of the First Lady (@FLOTUS) and the White House Press Secretary (@PressSec).