Biden Twitter account ‘starts from zero’ with no Trump followers

US president Joe Biden was given his new official presidential Twitter account, but has been forced to start it with zero followers.

The Biden campaign is unhappy with the move, which marks a change from the previous transition from Barack Obama.

The account, @PresElectBiden, transformed into the official @POTUS (or President of the United States) one on inauguration day on January 20.

In its first six hours online, it gained nearly 400,000 followers. Biden’s personal account has 24 million followers.

His team has also registered new accounts – @FLOTUSBiden for First Lady Jill Biden, and for the first time, @SecondGentleman, for the vice president’s husband Doug Emhoff.

Biden’s team was told about the move less than a month ago, and said it meant “the administration will have to start from zero.”

Twitter has not explained why the decision was made, and said it had nothing further to add beyond an official blog post laying out transition plans.


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