On Inauguration Day, Transfer Of Power Includes Handover Of Twitter Accounts

Jan 20, 2021

After President Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn into office Wednesday, they inherited two other important titles: @POTUS and @VP.

That's because the transfer of power included the transition of official administration Twitter accounts.

Members of the Biden-Harris administration are assuming ownership of a number of institutional accounts, including @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS for first lady Jill Biden and @PressSec for the incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki. Twitter also created a new account for the vice president's husband, Doug Emhoff: @SecondGentleman.

"People on Twitter will be able to watch the transition of power take place in real-time as accounts for the White House, President, Vice President, First Lady and White House Press Secretary inherit their new institutional usernames," the company said in a statement.

The new accounts will not automatically retain followers from the previous administration, Twitter said.

Detailing the process, Twitter said it first transferred the previous institutional accounts to the National Archives and Records Administration, where their posts and account histories will remain publicly available. The Trump administration's @POTUS account will be publicly archived as @POTUS45. Trump tweeted mostly from his personal account, @realDonaldTrump, which was banned from the platform following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

Minutes after being sworn in, Biden posted his first tweet from the @POTUS account, pledging to get to work immediately to address the many challenges facing the country.

Biden had previously announced he plans to sign 17 executive actions, spanning topics from immigration to mask-wearing, on his first day in office.

Harris also tweeted from the @VP account just minutes after noon: "Ready to serve."

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