Trump's Twitter Not Even Allowed to Return in Archival Format for Nerds

Trump's Twitter Not Even Allowed to Return in Archival Format for Nerds

Saeid US

By Saeid US

2021-04-08

The National Archives and Records Administration, the government agency charged with preserving and maintaining federal government records, has created archive accounts for various Trump administration officials such as @ Scavino45 and @ PressSec45.

“I can confirm that our teams have been working with NARA on the preservation of Tweets from @realDonaldTrump, as is standard with any administration transition and as we’ve done previously,” Trenton Kennedy, a Twitter spokesperson, told Gizmodo in a statement via email.

“Given that we permanently suspended @realDonaldTrump, the content from the account will not appear on Twitter as it did previously or as archived administration accounts do currently, regardless of how NARA decides to display the data it has preserved,” Kennedy added.

“Administration accounts that are archived on the service are accounts that were not in violation of the Twitter Rules.”

The Department of Justice considered Trump’s tweets on his personal account to be official statements by the Office of the President, thus making them subject to laws requiring preservation of presidential records.

The office of the former president, where Trump has continued to hold court for his remaining fans, didn’t respond to Politico’s request for comment on whether it had transferred a full record of his tweets to NARA or attempted to restrict the agency from reproducing certain ones even he might wish went down the memory hole.

“NARA works closely with Twitter and other social media platforms to maintain archived social accounts from each presidential administration, but ultimately the platform owners can decline to host these accounts,” Pritchett added.

“NARA preserves platform-independent copies of social media records and is working to make that content available to the public.”In many vile ways, Trump’s tweets will never truly leave us.
 


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