Dec 23, 2020

Twitter to wipe Trump's followers before Biden handover

Twitter has confirmed that the official US presidential accounts will be wiped of their millions of followers before being transferred to the Biden administration. Twitter agreed to Donald Trump's request in 2016 to inherit Barack Obama's millions of followers. President Trump has famously used his Twitter accounts, both professional and personal, to engage with voters. According to Factbase, a website that tracks tweets and follower counts, Mr Trump has lost 369,849 followers on his personal account since November. Marketing specialist Rebecca Lodge, from Start Up Disruptors, said of Twitter's decision: "With millions of people following an account and Donald's 'fans' being quite fanatical, it could be a clever move by Twitter to ensure that any potential negative and hate-fuelled tweets are neutralised before the new president-elect takes up his position."

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