The official Twitter accounts of US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their respective spouses were activated Wednesday, after four years marked by the daily tweets of Donald Trump, now banned from the network.
“The @PresElectBiden account has become @POTUS (acronym for President of the United States, editor’s note) and the @SenKamalaHarris account has become @VP,” said a spokesperson for the platform.
“There is no time to waste in dealing with the crises we are facing,” Joe Biden said in his first presidential tweet.
“Ready to serve,” tweeted the first female vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, minutes after taking the oath in Washington.
Jill Biden, the wife of the new head of state, took over the @FLOTUS account (First Lady of the United States) and an account was created for Douglas Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ husband: @SecondGentleman.
Joe Biden’s political team whose account was @ Transition46 has been changed to @WhiteHouse, an official White House account.
Finally, Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, saw her @PressSecPsaki account become @PressSec.
Note that, contrary to what Barack Obama had done, Donald Trump did not leave subscribers to the @POTUS account.
Dropped to zero subscribers at the time of transition, Joe Biden’s @POTUS account is currently followed by 2.4 million users, a figure that is growing rapidly, but which remains low compared to 88 million subscribers. that Donald Trump was counting on his personal profile, before being suspended, then permanently removed by Twitter.
The network of tweets was the main communication tool of the billionaire Republican, who used it to make political announcements, but also to attack his opponents, even insult them.
His role in the attack on Capitol Hill by some of his supporters, during the certification of Joe Biden’s victory on January 6, was the last straw for the big platforms.
In the days that followed, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitch and Twitter suspended Donald Trump’s profile indefinitely.
When the ex-president tried to reply via the official @POTUS Twitter account, to the attention of the “75 million patriots” who voted for him, his messages were immediately withdrawn by the social network.
“Using another account to avoid the suspension is against our rules,” a Twitter spokesperson explained.
Much ink has been spilled about the company’s decision, however, because it reflects the omnipotence acquired by the tech giants, who have, in practice, ostracized a network head of state.
His boss Jack Dorsey himself considered that this measure established a “precedent” which seems “dangerous”, namely “the power that an individual or a company has over a part of the global public conversation”.