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Emhoff, the first second gentleman in history, had almost 650,000 followers within an hour of the account's launch.
Institutional accounts for the new White House, President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and press secretary went live on Wednesday morning, while the Trump administration Twitter accounts were officially archived, according to Twitter.
Team Biden's official accounts will not inherit followers from the previous administration, a decision that new White House digital director, Rob Flaherty, criticized earlier this month. "Twitter is starting us at zero...but recommended the President of the United States tag other accounts to encourage growth," Flaherty tweeted, calling Twitter's transition efforts "absolutely, profoundly insufficient."
Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.