Twitter to wipe Trump's followers before Biden handover

Twitter to wipe Trump’s followers before Biden handover

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Twitter has confirmed that the official US presidential accounts will be wiped of their millions of followers before being transferred to the Biden administration.

Mr Biden’s team “fought” the plan, but the social media giant said its decision was “unequivocal”.

The move marks a reversal from the last transition.

Twitter agreed to Donald Trump’s request in 2016 to inherit Barack Obama’s millions of followers.

Twitter said those who follow the current presidential accounts will be notified that they are being archived, and will be given the choice to follow the Biden administration’s new accounts.

Biden’s personal account @JoeBiden has 21.7 million followers and will not be affected by this move.

President Trump is known for his professional and personal Twitter accounts to interact with voters.

During the White House, he tweeted more than 50,000.

However, according to data from Factbase, a website that tracks the number of tweets and followers, Mr. Trump’s personal account has lost 369,849 followers since November.

In the same timeframe, President-elect Joe Biden has gained 2,671,790 followers.

The decision from Twitter comes just days after chief executive Jack Dorsey unfollowed numerous political figures on the platform, including Mr Trump, Mr Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. 

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