President-elect Joe Biden has launched a brand new account on Twitter for these excited by conserving tabs on what the incoming president has on his thoughts. You may observe the brand new account at @PresElectBiden.
It wasn’t instantly clear when Biden created the brand new verified account, though as of this writing it had a bit of greater than 7,000 followers, suggesting it hadn’t been stay for lengthy.
His first tweet appeared at 7:15 p.m. PT, introducing the account.
The Biden marketing campaign did not instantly reply to a request for remark.
The official presidential account @POTUS, which Biden will inherit on Jan. 20, at present has 33 million followers. However that quantity is more likely to change as Biden will not routinely inherit the followers of the earlier administration when he formally takes management of the account on Inauguration Day.
Twitter mentioned final month that the account will not routinely retain its current followers. As an alternative, Twitter will give the account followers the choice to observe accounts beneath the Biden administration.
Social media helps folks, together with the president, to immediately disseminate a message to numerous folks on-line. Twitter’s choice to not routinely switch followers may restrict the variety of folks the upcoming administration will be capable of attain on-line. Biden’s staff is not pleased with Twitter’s alternative.
Rob Flaherty, the digital director for Biden’s presidential marketing campaign, mentioned in a tweet in December that Twitter advised Biden’s transition staff that “as of proper now the Biden administration must begin from zero” when the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts are transferred.
Twitter firm may also switch the @WhiteHouse, @VP, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, @Cupboard, and @LaCasaBlanca to the Biden administration on Inauguration Day.