@POTUS resets as Twitter juggles presidential accounts
While its been extensively archived by other platforms and researchers, it has vanished from Twitter itself.That alone has raised criticisms from academics and others who believe it should also be part of the public record, easily searchable and accessible to anyone.Facebook, meanwhile, is sticking to its previous policy of duplicating all 11 million followers of the official White House Facebook and Instagram accounts to the new administration.Trumps POTUS and related accounts, meanwhile, will be archived and Biden will get a new one.PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 20-01-2021 09:45 IST | Created: 20-01-2021 09:39 IST
It's a Twitter user's worst nightmare: Wake up to find most of your followers gone.
But that's exactly what will happen on Wednesday to the official presidential accounts on Twitter.
POTUS is the official acronym for President of the United States; FLOTUS refers to the First Lady.
These institutional accounts don't belong to any particular individual — they're reserved for official government use by those in the current administration. Twitter will transfer them to President-elect Joe Biden once he is officially inaugurated on Wednesday. Minus, that is, most of their followers.
This time, these accounts stand to lose tens of millions of followers at Twitter's dictate. People dropped by these accounts, in addition to those who follow "relevant Biden and Harris accounts" such as @KamalaHarris, will receive notifications that they can follow them.
Biden's team does not appear happy about this. The President-elect's digital director, Rob Flaherty, tweeted last week that the follower reset is "Absolutely, profoundly insufficient.'' In Twitter's view, the reset gives users the choice on whether or not to follow the new accounts.
The company says it has not made a decision on whether it will now take this approach during transfers of power. But spokesman Nick Pacilio said it is the policy in other countries.
That alone has raised criticisms from academics and others who believe it should also be part of the public record, easily searchable and accessible to anyone.
Trump's POTUS and related accounts, meanwhile, will be archived and Biden will get a new one.
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