– Other than the inauguration ceremony, another transition has also happened across several social media platforms shortly after JoeBiden and Kamala Harris are sworn-in to office
– Biden and his team are gaining access to a long list of official government accounts across the major social media platforms
– The Biden administration has inherited a digital megaphone with the potential to make news and shape the public image of the US government
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, January 20, will not be the only transition of power from the Trump administration that will take place.
Another transition has also happened across several social media platforms shortly after the two were sworn-in office as the 46th president and vice president of the United States.
Biden and his team have gained access to a long list of official government accounts across the major social media platforms, including the @POTUS account on Twitter, CNN reported
The Biden administration has inherited a digital megaphone with the potential to make news and shape the public image of the US government.
The transfer of these official accounts, which include not just those representing Biden and the White House but nearly every arm of government, has emerged as an important aspect of the broader transition of power.
In addition to the @POTUS account, which was created during the Obama administration, Twitter will transfer @WhiteHouse, @VP, @FLOTUS, and @PressSec to the new administration.
The microblogging platform also created a new account, @SecondGentleman, for Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff.
It marks only the second such transition between US presidential administrations for Twitter, which was launched in 2006.
But unlike the transition four years ago, the Biden administration will not inherit the tens of millions of followers on each account.
Instead, people on Twitter who previously followed official White House Twitter accounts or who currently follow “relevant” Biden or Harris Twitter accounts, will receive in-app alerts and other notifications about the archival process.
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They will also receive notifications on the option to follow the new accounts, the company said in a blog post.
While the Biden team may not inherit all of the Twitter followers, it won’t be starting totally from scratch.
Biden’s @Transition46 account on Twitter will become @WhiteHouse, the @PresElectBiden account will become @POTUS, @SenKamalaHarris will become @VP, @FLOTUSBiden will become @FLOTUS, and @PressSecPsaki will become @PressSec.
On the other hand, Snapchat and YouTube said the Biden administration would keep the current followers on the respective White House accounts.
Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram will transfer accounts on both platforms, such as the POTUS and FLOTUS Facebook pages and the White House Instagram account, to Biden’s team.
These platforms will also duplicate the followers on Joe Biden’s Facebook page and Instagram account to the official POTUS page and account.
Meanwhile, shortly after his inauguration as the 46th president of the United States, President Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders.
Nine of the executive orders reversed some controversial policies introduced by his immediate predecessor, Donald Trump, while the remaining borders on the new policies by the president.
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