Twitter will automatically transfer Joe Biden the officially-recognized @POTUS Twitter handle, even if Trump does not concede the election.
Politico reports Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio told them in an email that the President-Elect will be given control of the account as well as other official government accounts associated with the office of the presidency, White House, and office of the first lady.
“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” Pacilio said via the outlet. “As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.”
Such a transition would not require coordination between the Trump and Biden campaigns, as the company will effectively reset the account. The General Services Administration, the federal agency that begins the government transition process, has not yet declared Biden the winner.
“The handover requires no sharing of information between the outgoing Trump team and incoming Biden team, according to the company. All existing tweets on those accounts will be archived and Twitter will transfer the accounts — reset to zero tweets — to the Biden White House that day,” Politico reports.
Trump mostly uses his @realDonaldTrump handle, which he will keep after the inauguration, but he does share many of the tweets from his personal account to the official account.
That said, the account will lose the protections it carries under Twitter’s “world leaders” policy — which allows rule-breaking tweets to remain up, with warning labels — the moment that Biden is sworn in to office.
What’s next: Twitter said its representatives will meet with Biden-Harris transition officials in the coming months to discuss the particulars of how the new administrations will use Twitter.