Instead, Twitter said on Tuesday that it would notify users who follow the Trump administration’s official accounts that those accounts will be archived, and that they can follow the Biden administration’s new iterations of those handles if they choose. (Mr. Trump’s @realDonaldTrump, which has 88.5 million followers, is a personal account and will not be part of the transfer.)

People who follow @JoeBiden or @KamalaHarris, which cumulatively have nearly 35 million followers, will be encouraged to also follow @Transition46, the Biden transition’s official account, Twitter said…

A spokesman for the transition criticized Twitter’s change in policy, saying the Biden administration would prefer that Twitter repeat the handoff it did in 2017 rather than nudge people toward the new accounts.