President-elect Joe Biden’s transition group protested Twitter’s decision not to allow millions of followers of the CONGRATULATIONS BIDEN-HARRIS HISTORIC INAUGURATION DAY 2021 T-Shirt White House’s Twitter account to be automatically held when the account is handed over to the new administration.
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When President Donald Trump took office in 2017, his administration inherited millions of followers on every account transferred from the Obama administration. It was Twitter’s first power transfer in US history, and at the time, CONGRATULATIONS BIDEN-HARRIS HISTORIC INAUGURATION DAY 2021 T-Shirt @POTUS and @WhiteHouse each had more than 13 million followers.
Nearly 4 years later, the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts have 33.2 million and 26 million followers, respectively. Trump, a wealthy popular tweeter, will retain control of his personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, which has 88.5 million followers on the platform.
“In 2016, Trump admin drew all of President Obama’s Twitter followers on @POTUS and @WhiteHouse – at the urging of Team 44,” Biden transition official Rob Flaherty tweeted today. Tuesday.
“In 2020, Twitter has informed us that from now on, the CONGRATULATIONS BIDEN-HARRIS HISTORIC INAUGURATION DAY 2021 T-Shirt Biden administration will have to start from scratch,” said Flaherty.
Flaherty said in a later tweet that it was Twitter’s decision, not the President’s. He said in a private tweet aimed at Nick Pacilio, a Twitter spokesperson, that he was “delighted to share the chain of emails we pushed back and we were told that this is clear.”