The change affects followers of government-managed accounts, such as @WhiteHouse (White House) and @POTUS (US President), who will be transferred to Biden when he takes office in January.
The Twitter decision will not affect the personal account @realDonaldTrump, which has been used consistently by President Trump and has about 88 million followers.
Official government accounts “will not automatically retain current followers. Instead, Twitter will notify followers of these accounts to place them in the context that the content will be archived and allow them the option to follow new Biden administration accounts. “, explained in a statement the social network.
Biden will take charge of the White House in January.
“For example, people who follow @WhiteHouse will be notified that the account has been registered as @ WhiteHouse45 and will have the option to follow the new @WhiteHouse account”, explains the social network.
Twitter has been working on the transition to this platform widely used by Trump since the election results were made official.
Although not as followed as Trump’s personal account, @POTUS has around 33 million followers, while @WhiteHouse has 26 million.
Last month, Twitter indicated that any special treatment that Trump has received will cease as soon as his term ends.
The transfer will affect other institutional accounts like @VP, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, @Cabinet and @LaCasaBlanca, according to Twitter.