Twitter Blocks Archiving of Trump Tweets on Its Platform The suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on an iPhone screen on January 08, 2021 in San Anselmo, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
By Eric Mack | Thursday, 08 April 2021 11:56 AM
Twitter has done more than merely block former President Donald Trump. It now is blocking the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) from posting Trump's tweets on its platform.
"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 wrote in an email, Politico reported. "Administration accounts that are archived on the service are accounts that were not in violation of the Twitter Rules."
NARA maintains archives for other former Trump administration officials, displaying them on the platform. Users can retweet or like them.
NARA "is still exploring the best way" to handled the tweets of the blocked former president, according to spokesperson James Pritchett.
They will still be preserved on the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library website by download, but Twitter controls the content on its platform.
"Twitter is solely responsible for the decision of what content is available on their platform," Pritchett told Politico. "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."
Twitter spokesperson Trenton Kennedy told Politico that the social media giant is "working with NARA on the preservation of" Trump's tweets, "as is standard with any administration transition."
Twitter banned President Trump after the Jan. 6 storming of the capitol, but it had long before been tagging his tweets with warnings throughout the president campaign.
"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," Pritchett told Politico.
In addition to the bans on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, a video of a former President Trump interview with Lara Trump was blocked by Facebook and Instagram last week.
Even Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., admitted he did not "feel particularly comfortable" with the censorship of a political view.
"Yesterday, it was Donald Trump who was banned, and tomorrow, it could be somebody else who has a very different point of view," Sanders said, adding: "I don't like giving that much power to a handful of high-tech people."