Joe Biden Will Begin With 0 Followers on Twitter as President

Joe Biden is starting fresh on social media.

The President-elect of the United States will transition to the @POTUS Twitter account in January following his inauguration, and his follower count will begin at 0, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed in a statement amid early reports that President Donald Trump “refused” to pass his followers to Biden.

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“The accounts will not automatically retain their existing followers. Instead, Twitter will notify followers of these accounts to provide context that the content will be archived and allow them the choice to follow the Biden administration’s new accounts. For example, people who follow @WhiteHouse will be notified that the account has been archived as @WhiteHouse45 and given the option to follow the new @WhiteHouse account,” they explained.

@POTUS currently has 33.2 million followers and @WhiteHouse has 26 million followers under the Trump administration. This is in contrast to 2017, when the @POTUS account automatically transferred from Barack Obama to Trump with its followers intact.

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