Report: “National Archives Can’t Resurrect Trump’s Tweets, Twitter Says”
“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,” Twitter spokesperson Trenton Kennedy said in an email. “Administration accounts that are archived on the service are accounts that were not in violation of the Twitter Rules.”
Nevertheless, the process of preserving @realDonaldTrump’s tweets remains underway, NARA’s [James] Pritchett said, and since the account is banned from Twitter, federal archivists are “working to make the exported content available … as a download” on the Trump Presidential Library website.
“Twitter is solely responsible for the decision of what content is available on their platform,” Pritchett said. “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. NARA preserves platform independent copies of social media records and is working to make that content available to the public.”
Pritchett confirmed that NARA’s record will include all of @realDonaldTrump’s tweets, regardless of the actions Twitter took against some of them. “NARA intends to provide public access to all captured and preserved Presidential Record social media, including any blocked or deleted Tweets that have been transferred to us,” he said.
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