Biden team says he will not inherit Trump’s followers from @POTUS account, will have to start from zero

According to a new report from Variety, Joe Biden will not inherit the followers President Trump gained from the official @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts and will have to rebuild those Twitter accounts from zero followers.

A Twitter rep told the publication Biden “will not automatically retain their existing followers,” and “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.”

This is a policy change from 2016 when Trump absorbed all of Obama’s Twitter followers of the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts.

Rob Flaherty, digital director for Joe Biden tweeted:

In 2016, the Trump admin absorbed all of President Obama’s Twitter followers on
@POTUS and @WhiteHouse — at Team 44’s urging.

In 2020, Twitter has informed us that as of right now the Biden administration will have to start from zero.