Social media platform Twitter famous in late November it was actively working with the US National Archives and Records Administration to deal with the switch of a number of White House accounts. At the time, it was believed the transition would observe the identical course of that occurred through the 2017 handover to the incoming Trump administration.
Rob Flaherty, the digital director for US President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential marketing campaign, revealed on Tuesday that Twitter had informed the crew it might be resetting the follower lists on all White House-linked Twitter accounts.
The revelation was later confirmed by the Wall Street Journal’s Emily Glazer, who defined that the affected accounts would come with the White House, POTUS and VP Twitter accounts, amongst others. Twitter additionally indicated that followers of the present accounts will probably be notified and given the selection to observe the brand new Biden accounts.
The three aforementioned accounts at present have almost 70 million followers collectively, about 19 million fewer than Trump has on his private Twitter account, which he has regularly used as a substitute of the official White House accounts.
When Twitter was contacted about Flaherty’s remarks, spokesperson Nick Pacilio remarked that the corporate has been in “ongoing discussions with the Biden transition team on a number of aspects related to White house account transfers.”