Twitter announced on Friday that it will hand control of the @POTUS account to the new Biden administration on Inauguration day.
@POTUS account is the official account of the US President and is separate from the @realDonaldTrump account that Trump uses to tweet.
Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio explained that the firm is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021, according to CNN.
“As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration,” he added.
Twitter announced earlier in November, its policies before the U.S. elections to include specific rules that detailed how it would handle tweets making claims about election results before they were official.
The tweets are eligible to be labeled if the account has a U.S. 2020 candidate label, including presidential candidates and campaigns, meaning the Trump and Biden campaigns will not be immune to the new policies, the firm reported.
On other hand, the minimum is either 25,000 Likes or 25,000 Quote Tweets plus Retweets, the company reported. This aims to clamp down on allowing misinformation to go viral. In addition, the social media companies were under pressure to combat election-related misinformation and prepare for the possibility of violence or poll place intimidation around the November vote.
Earlier, Facebook announced that it will ban all political election, and social issue ads after the US presidential election , in order to curb misinformation. This came with tensions rising between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Sen. Joe Biden.