President-elect Joe Biden’s team wants what President Donald Trump has, but Twitter won’t let them grab it.
Twitter ruffled Team Biden’s feathers Thursday by announcing that it would not automatically transfer the followers of the current @POTUS account to Biden when he takes over the account Wednesday after being sworn into office.
In a blog post, Twitter said that “institutional accounts” like @POTUS, @FLOTUS, @WhiteHouse and @VP “will not automatically retain the followers from the prior administration.”
The current institutional accounts’ usernames, Twitter said, “will be updated to reflect their archived status. For example, the Trump administration’s @POTUS account will be publicly archived as @POTUS45.”
The incoming Biden administration will inherit the institutional accounts’ old usernames, but not their followers.
“People on Twitter who previously followed institutional White House Twitter accounts, or who currently follow relevant Biden or Harris Twitter accounts, will receive in-app alerts and other prompts that will notify them about the archival process, as well as give them the option to follow the new administration’s Twitter accounts,” Twitter said.
That did not sit well with Biden’s team, because Biden will not be able to have the 33 million followers of Trump’s @POTUS account.