Biden team complains Twitter won’t transfer Trump followers to new administration’s account
Claims move is ‘politicizing’ the ‘routine transfer of communication’
Joe Biden’s transition team is complaining that Twitter won’t transfer millions of followers from the Trump administration to the Biden administration.
“Twitter’s reluctance to transfer millions of followers from the Trump administration to the Biden administration unnecessarily politicizes what otherwise should be a routine transfer of communication from one administration to the next,” spokesman Cameron French told CNN.
The Biden team argued the transfer was made from Obama to Trump. However the Obama account had about 13 million followers while Trump has some 60 million.
In addition, President Trump’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, over which he will retain control, has nearly 90 million people following.
The existing followers of the Trump administration account will be sent a message that the account is being archived and they have the option of following the new administration.
French said in a statement that it’s all about the executive branch communicating with the nation.
“Twitter has failed to articulate a clear reason for why they have chosen this abrupt reversal in policies,” French charged.
In a response to CNN, Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio said Twitter users will be given the choice to follow Biden.
One Twitter user commented that Twitter was doing Biden a favor by sparing his administration of a mass “unfollowing.”
Biden’s existing channel has included such statements as “In the 21st century, 12 years of school isn’t enough” and “It’s long past time we pay teachers what they deserve.”
And there was a wish for a Merry Christmas from Biden’s dogs.
And he has retweeted comments such as “Trump sucks” from Stephen King and a claim from Andrea Junker that “Trump’s malevolence” cost 332,964 Americans their lives to the COVID pandemic.
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