Thu, 25 Feb 2021

When Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday, he inherited several social media accounts, including the @POTUS, @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS and @VP Twitter accounts.

Unlike after the last inauguration in 2017, when then-President Barack Obama's followers were transferred to his successor Donald Trump, Biden inherited none of the @POTUS account's existing 33 million followers.

Biden's current official Twitter account, @PresElectBiden became @POTUS, bringing with it all followers.

President Biden's first tweet shortly after he was sworn in Wednesday said, "There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families."

Biden's social media team has expressed concerns about how Twitter is handling the transition, calling the moves "absolutely, profoundly insufficient."

Twitter says the move will give users the choice of whether to follow the new president.

Meanwhile, Trump's @POTUS tweets will be archived by Twitter under the handle @POTUS45. His personal account will remain suspended without an official archive of the tweets, leaving some scholars concerned that there will be no official record of Trump's tweets as president.

Facebook and Instagram duplicated the current followers of the official White House Page for the new administration page. Official Trump administration pages will be archived. YouTube will perform a similar transfer of accounts.

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