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Official presidential Twitter accounts have now transitioned from the Trump administration to the Biden administration upon President Joe Biden's swearing-in on Wednesday.
Twitter told Insider that the accounts associated with the Trump administration are now publicly archived and pointed to a company blog post dated last week detailing how the process will be handled. Some Twitter users, including some Insider reporters, received an alert from the app notifying that "There's a new @WhiteHouse."
President Joe Biden has officially taken over the @POTUS account, which was formerly @PresElectBiden, and has updated his bio to read "46th President of the United States, husband to @FLOTUS, proud dad & pop." He posted his first tweet as president around 12:30 pm ET.Tweet Embed:
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.
First Lady Jill Biden's account, formerly @FLOTUSBiden, has now become @FLOTUS. Vice President Kamala Harris's account has now become @VP — she posted her first tweet from the account on Wednesday around noon ET. A new account was also made for Harris's husband Doug Emhoff, the first Second Gentleman in history.Tweet Embed:
Ready to serve.
The Biden transition team's account, @transition46, is now @WhiteHouse, while Press Secretary Jen Psaki's account is @PressSec.
The official transfer of the presidential Twitter accounts comes after both President Biden and Vice President Harris both took the oath of office at the US Capitol on Wednesday. Trump was not in attendance.
Twitter permanently suspended Trump on January 8, two days after pro-Trump extremists stormed the US Capitol, resulting in the death of five people.
Twitter confirmed in late December that the Biden administration would not inherit the millions of followers of the Trump administration's accounts. According to the Biden team, the new president and his administration would have to "start from zero."
The @POTUS account had about 33 million followers before it passed to President Biden on Wednesday. The account, after coming under President Biden's ownership, had 1.2 million followers at the time of writing.
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