In a statement shared with Politico, Twitter says it will not allow the National Archives to make tweets sent by Donald Trump from his @realDonaldTrump account as president available for people to see and interact with on its platform. The company has permanently suspended the former president following the January 6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol, a ban Trump has tried and failed to bypass. The move comes as the National Archives work to create an online recording of Trump’s Twitter missives, which they have already done with the accounts of other officials of the previous administration. These archives allow you to like and share these tweets.
“Since we have permanently suspended @realDonaldTrump, account content will not appear on Twitter as it previously did or as archived admin accounts currently do, regardless of how NARA decides to. view the data it has kept, “a Twitter spokesperson said Politico. “The administration accounts that are archived on the service are accounts that have not broken Twitter rules.”
To be clear, that doesn’t mean there won’t be an official archive of Trump’s tweets. Instead, you will need to display them on the Presidential Library website. Additionally, the database created by the National Archives and Records Administration will include all of the more than 26,000 messages sent by Trump as president, including the those Twitter tagged and deleted. However, this means that there is no official record of these posts yet – although it is possible to find them elsewhere.
The subject of Twitter’s actions against Trump has been a matter of contention since the company first banned it, and it will likely continue to be so. Earlier in the week, the United States Supreme Court released a decision that had prevented Trump from block people via his personal account. In his 12-page opinion on the decision, Judge Clarence Thomas said it was unprecedented for companies like Twitter to have “concentrated control over so much talk.”