In a statement shared with Politico, Twitter says it will not allow the National Archives to make tweets that Donald Trump sent from his @realDonaldTrump account as president available for people to view and interact with on its platform.
The company permanently suspended the former president following the Jan.6 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol, a ban that Trump has tried unsuccessfully to circumvent. The decision comes as the National Archives works to create an online registry of Trump’s Twitter missives, something it has already done with the accounts of other officials in the previous administration. Those files allow you to like and share those tweets.
“Since we permanently suspended @realDonaldTrump, account content will not appear on Twitter as it previously did or as currently archived management accounts do, regardless of how NARA decides to display the data it has retained,” said a spokesperson for Twitter Politician . “The administration accounts that are archived in the service are accounts that did not violate the 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 view them on the Presidential Library website. In addition, the database being created by the National Archives and Records Administration will include the more than 26,000 messages Trump sent as president, including those that Twitter tagged and deleted. However, that means that there is still no official record of those messages, although it is possible to find them elsewhere.
The issue of Twitter’s actions against Trump has been a divisive topic since the company first banned it, and that is likely to continue to be the case. Earlier in the week, the United States Supreme Court struck down a ruling that had prevented Trump from blocking people through their personal account. In his 12-page opinion on the ruling, Judge Clarence Thomas said it was unprecedented for companies like Twitter to have “concentrated control of so much speech.”