A new era has officially begun for the @POTUS Twitter account. President Donald Trump is now in control of the presidential account and former President Barack Obama has been switched to another verified handle.

According to the New York Times, the switch happened at 12:01 p.m. Friday, shortly after Trump was officially declared the 45th president of the United States. The first cover photo that was uploaded to the account was quickly changed after it was discovered the photo appeared to have been a stock photo from Obama’s first inauguration ceremony. It was then changed to a photo of Trump. The account currently has more than 5 million followers and climbing.


Snopes reports that Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter accounts have also been moved to @POTUS44 and @FLOTUS44, respectively. Followers were automatically transferred. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s handle was also switched, with newly-inaugurated Vice President Mike Pence taking the @VP profile. Melania Trump will now tweet from the @FLOTUS account. The First Lady has vowed that she will use her platform to tackle cyberbullying, which many mocked given her husband’s Twitter record.

Trump has only tweeted once so far from the official @POTUS account, sharing his inauguration speech:

It has been reported that Trump still intends on tweeting from his @realDonaldTrump account as well, which has more than 20 million followers. According to Heavy, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll “found that 69 percent of respondents say Trump’s Twitter use is a bad thing because his rapid messages can have “unintended major implications without careful review.” Only 26 percent approved of his Twitter use.” Trump has come under fire multiple times for his uncensored tweets.

Will you be following Trump on the @POTUS account? Do you think he should still be using his other handle? Sound off in the comments section below!

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