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Obama to hand digital keys to successor

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The White House announced plans on Monday for the transfer of power, online power that is - in the form of Twitter and other social media accounts with millions of followers.

[WASHINGTON] The White House announced plans on Monday for the transfer of power, online power that is - in the form of Twitter and other social media accounts with millions of followers.

"The handle @POTUS will be made available to the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017," deputy chief digital officer Kori Schulman wrote, fittingly, in a blog post.

Mr Obama's White House has aggressively used social media to bypass journalists and appeal unfiltered and unfact-checked to voters.

Mr Obama has granted a host of interviews with platforms like Snapchat and YouTube to talk about his administration's priorities while avoiding the most bothersome questions.

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The administration has logged nearly 30,000 @WhiteHouse tweets and thousands of hours of video footage.

The new president, whoever he or she is, will inherit a potent digital megaphone.

The @POTUS handle alone has more than 11 million followers, and the White House more than 12 million.

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