Nearly four years later, @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts have 33.2 million and 26 million followers respectively. Trump, a well-known prolific tweeter, will control his personal Twitter account @realDonaldTrump, which has 88.5 million followers on the platform.
“In 2020, Twitter has informed us that the Biden administration will have to start from zero at the moment,” said Flehri.
Pacilio said in a statement on Twitter that several White House accounts being transferred “will not automatically retain their existing followers.”
“Instead, Twitter will notify followers of these accounts to provide context where the content will be stored and allow them to follow the new accounts of the Biden administration,” Pacilio said. “For example, people who follow @WhiteHouse will be notified that the account is stored as @ WhiteHouse45 and given the option to follow the new @WhiteHouse account.”
Pacilio did not give a reason for the change when asked by CNN in a follow-up question.
On January 20, the day Biden will be inaugurated, Twitter will feature transfers to @hiteHouse, @POTUS, @VP, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, @Cecast and @LaCasaBlanca, according to Pacilio.
Rishi Iyengar and Seth Figerman of CNN contributed to this report.