Trump’s Tweets to be Archived

Check out this article on The Drum. By now many of you have seen the President of the U.S. take to Twitter to disseminate critical information, react to criticism, and share his general thoughts. Trump has taken a pretty reactionary stance to Twitter, often tweeting snap judgements riddled with spelling or grammatical errors that he will later go back and revise. Revising these tweets and deleting the original ignores the mandate of the Presidential Records Act. Written in 1978, the Presidential Records Act protects presidential documentary materials for preservation for future generations. How does social media data fit into this established practice? It it necessary that every single tweet be kept, even the ones that contain clear mistakes? What version of history does an edited Twitter log present for future historians?

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