Twitter To Lock Trump Admin Out of Government Accounts at Noon on Jan. 20

Written by Martin Walsh

Even before the final lawsuits challenging the results of the presidential election have been decided, Big Tech has declared the winner.

Several news organizations have declared that presumptive potential President-elect Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 contest.

The Trump campaign alleges there has been voter fraud in states that include Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

And before these lawsuits are even decided, Twitter is prepared to take action.

The social media giant said it will transfer the presidential @POTUS Twitter handle to Biden at noon on the day Biden is inaugurated regardless of what Trump does.

All other accounts linked to the president, including the overall White House account and those of the vice president and first lady, would also change hands at that time.

“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio said, according to Politico. “As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.”

Twitter said that its action does not require the Trump and Biden teams to interact; it will do all the work.

Twitter’s decision will take several official accounts away from Trump, but Trump’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump is the one that Trump has used like no political figures before him, ever since he began his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2015.

However, if Trump leaves office in January, his account will no longer have the automatic protection Twitter gives what it designated as “world leaders.”

Under that policy, tweets Twitter might normally yank down remain visible, although with warning labels.

Twitter has freely exercised its use of warning labels with Trump during the post-election season, as Trump has tweeted allegations of election fraud that has yet not been proven.

Facebook is also planning to transfer all of the White House’s official accounts to Biden and his team as of Jan. 20, according to Reuters.

“In 2017, we worked with both the Obama Administration and incoming Trump Administration to make sure the transition of their Facebook and Instagram accounts was seamless on January 20th, and we expect to do the same here,” Facebook said.

In other words, Big Tech is doing whatever it wants.

The media does not certify elections or judge the outcome of Constitutional lawsuits, but they are prepared to strip Trump and his team of the official government social media accounts even if several lawsuits are potentially still pending by Jan. 20.

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