Twitter will automatically hand over White House accounts, including @POTUS, to the new administration on inauguration next year, regardless of whether or not Trump has lost before.
The @POTUS account is the official account of the US president and is separate from the personal @realDonaldTrump account that President Donald Trump is using to tweet.
Nick Pacilio, a Twitter spokesperson, said this would also apply to about a dozen White House accounts, including @FLOTUS (US first lady) and @PressSec (White House press secretary).
“Twitter is actively preparing to support the handover of White House Twitter accounts on January 20, 2021,” the day of his inauguration, Pacilio said in a statement on Nov. 20, Politico.
“As we did on the presidential transition in 2017, it is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Clerk’s Office.”
The account handover process will not require sharing of information between the Trump administration and the new administration. All existing tweets on these accounts will be archived and Twitter will hand over the accounts to Joe Biden’s White House on January 20.
The transition to power at the White House after the Nov. 3 election is being delayed for an attempt to reverse the results of Mr. Trump and the Republicans. They filed lawsuits in key battlefield states to prevent the results from being verified.
Mr. Biden, the former vice president, was announced as the president-elect on November 7, but so far Mr Trump has yet to officially admit defeat.
Mr Trump is known for being an active Twitter user, with direct tweets that attack and slander his political opponents posted on his personal account. After election day, many of his tweets were labeled as a violation of policy and hidden because they were supposed to spread false information.
His personal account has nearly 89 million followers, while @POTUS has more than 32 million followers.