witter has revealed it will transfer the official US presidential Twitter account to Joe Biden on Inauguration Day even if Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede.

The social media platform told the Hill it was preparing to transfer the @POTUS account as well as other official White House accounts to the new administration early next year.

Nick Pacilio said in a statement on Friday: “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. 

“As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.”

The social media giant added that representatives from the Mr Biden and Kamala Harris’ transition team will soon meet senior staffers from Twitter to review how the team will use the government-related accounts.

The accounts include @whitehouse, @VP, @FLOTUS, and a number of other official accounts.

Mr Trump has continued to refuse to concede in the US 2020 election, even as Mr Biden’s total votes nearly reached record levels of 80 million this week.

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The @POTUS account, which has more than 32 million followers, will be reset to zero tweets and tweets posted during the Trump administration will be archived.

The 74-year-old president posted more frequently from his personal account @realDonaldTrump during his four-year term and has often clashed with the social media platform. In the days following the election on November 3, numerous tweets posted by Mr Trump had a warning notice attached to them as Mr Trump made unverified claims of “voter fraud” and insisted that he had won.

President-elect Mr Biden is moving quickly to build his incoming administration and could name top leaders for his cabinet as early as next week.

The former vice president told reporters he has already decided on who will lead the Treasury Department. That pick, along with his nominee for secretary of state, may be announced before Thanksgiving, according to people close to the transition.

The cabinet announcements could be released in tranches, with groups of nominees focused on a specific top area, like the economy, national security or public health, being announced at once.

Speaking about the impact of Mr Trump’s refusal to concede, David Marchick, director of the Centre for Presidential Transition at the non-partisan Partnership for Public Service, said: “It’s a huge impact. And each day it gets worse, meaning a week ago, it wasn’t that big of a deal. This week, it’s starting to get to be a bigger deal. Next week, it’ll be bigger.

“Every new day that’s lost has a larger impact than the day before.”

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