Twitter will scrub follower counts for all official White House accounts when President Trump leaves office next month, forcing the next administration to start from scratch, a spokesman confirmed to The Post.

The @WhiteHouse and @POTUS accounts, all created under the Obama administration and handed off to the Trump administration with their followers, will be reset to zero once President-elect Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20, Twitter told the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.

“Instead, Twitter will notify followers of these accounts to provide context that the content will be archived and allow them the choice to follow the Biden administration’s new accounts,” a spokesman for the platform told The Post when reached for comment on the reporting.

“For example, people who follow @WhiteHouse will be notified that the account has been archived as @WhiteHouse45 and given the option to follow the new @WhiteHouse account.”

The accounts for @VP, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, @Cabinet and @LaCasaBlanca will also have their follower counts reset.

Currently, the @WhiteHouse account has over 26 million followers and @POTUS account has more than 33 million. When the Trump administration took them over, they had 13.5 and 13.7 million followers, respectively.

Biden’s own account, @JoeBiden, which was used during the campaign, has 21.7 million followers. Trump’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, meanwhile, tops them all with a staggering 88.5 million followers.

Biden campaign digital director Rob Flaherty slammed the decision in a series of tweets Tuesday.

“In 2016, the Trump admin absorbed all of President Obama’s Twitter followers on @POTUS and @WhiteHouse — at Team 44’s urging. In 2020, Twitter has informed us that as of right now the Biden administration will have to start from zero,” Flaherty wrote in the first post.

In a second tweet he continued: “happy to share the email thread where we pushed back and we were told this was unequivocal.”

The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

In the statement provided to The Post by a Twitter spokesman, the company does not clarify why they opted to reset the incoming administration’s followers, only stating that, “As we did in 2017, Twitter is actively working with the US government to support the transition of Twitter accounts across administrations, so that the incoming Biden administration will have access to institutional White House Twitter accounts.”



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