(USA Features) Social media giant Twitter is refusing to host an archive of former President Donald Trump’s tweets following the platform’s suspension earlier this year, which is making it harder for the National Archives (NARA) to document his posts, as required by law.
“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,” a Twitter spokesperson told news outlets in a statement.
“Administration accounts that are archived on the service are accounts that were not in violation of the Twitter Rules.”
Following Twitter’s decision, the National Archives said the agency “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.”
“Twitter is solely responsible for the decision of what content is available on their platform. 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,” the agency said.
“NARA preserves platform independent copies of social media records and is working to make that content available to the public,” the agency told The Epoch Times.
There are a number of sites that have archived Trump’s old tweets, but those are privately operated. NARA would archive tweets that could be used by journalists, nonprofits, and other organizations who would be confident they are accurate.
Trump was kicked off Twitter Jan. 8, two days after the Capitol riot. Facebook and other social media platforms followed suit, though Facebook is reportedly reviewing its decision.
There has been speculation that Trump will launch his own social media platform or join an existing one, but there has been no official announcement yet.