Biden launches new Twitter account ahead of inauguration

Joe Biden’s transition team launched a new Twitter account late Thursday that will eventually become the institutional @POTUS.

The new account, @PresElectBiden, will transfer its followers and posts over after the inauguration on Wednesday.

Biden’s aides have complained that Twitter is making the new administration start from zero on institutional accounts — @POTUS and @WhiteHouse — while Trump inherited former President Obama’s millions of followers.

“These institutional accounts will not automatically retain the followers from the prior administration,” Twitter said Thursday. “People on Twitter who previously followed institutional White House Twitter accounts, or who currently follow relevant Biden or Harris Twitter accounts, will receive in-app alerts and other prompts that will notify them about the archival process, as well as give them the option to follow the new administration’s Twitter accounts.”