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    Joe Biden’s transition team launched a new account for the president-elect on 14 January, @PresElectBiden. The account has a temporary Twitter handle as it will automatically become @POTUS when the Democrat is sworn in on 20 January, while President Donald Trump’s @POTUS account will be archived as @POTUS45.

    Joe Biden’s transition team launched a new account for the president-elect on 14 January, @PresElectBiden.

    The account has a temporary Twitter handle as it will automatically become @POTUS when the Democrat is sworn-in on 20 January, while President Donald Trump’s @POTUS account will be archived as @POTUS45.

    Creating an account before the official swearing-in was seen as giving Biden’s team time to build up a following before taking over the official institutional account.

    Earlier, the President-elect’s team had deplored the fact that Donald Trump had inherited the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse account that had been built up during the White House tenure of former President Barack Obama.

    ​According to the microblogging and social networking service people who previously followed institutional White House Twitter accounts, or who currently follow relevant Biden or Harris Twitter accounts, would be sent in-app alerts to ‘notify them about the archival process’.

    ​Twitter had earlier permanently suspended the sitting president’s account in the wake of the Capitol riots, when Trump supporters stormed the building in Washington, DC, on 6 January, as Congress convened to certify Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 US presidential election.

    The POTUS was accused of having inspired the riots by insisting the election had been ‘stolen’ from him.
    On 13 January the US House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for a second time for “incitement to violence".

    ​As Joe Biden tweeted the move, the Twitterverse was quick to weigh in. Some applauded the incoming president and looked forward to the Democrat wielding the official presidential account.

    ​Some on the Twitterverse seemed slightly confused over the transition Twitter handle.

    ​Many netizens were unenthusiastic, as they deplored extensive ‘mishandling’ of social media as divisive.

    ​Some Twitter users said they were only going to follow Biden because of his dogs, two German shepherds, Champ and Major, and suggested they get Twitter accounts.

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