Twitter will not allow the National Archives and Records Administration to create preserved versions of former President Donald Trump’s tweets accessible on its platform — in the first time this rule has been applied to a former president.
The social media platform said Wednesday it had been working with NARA to archive tweets from the account for the agency’s use, including those that got the 45th commander in chief permanently banned, though it would not allow the posts to reappear in any fashion on Twitter itself.
For years, the National Archives has used Twitter to maintain preserved versions of former government officials’ posts from their time in office.
Twitter had always allowed for this without issue.
The platform permanently banned the then-president following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Facebook, meanwhile, ordered an indefinite ban on the president.
At the time, Twitter defended its suspension as “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Reached for comment, Twitter said it was “working with NARA on the preservation of” Trump’s tweets, “as is standard with any administration transition.”
“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 continued.
A NARA spokesman offered a similar account, saying that the agency “is still exploring the best way” to make @realDonaldTrump’s tweets available to the public while not being put back up on the original platform.
“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,” the agency’s statement continued.
In the three months since banning the then-president, Facebook has not made a final call on letting Trump return to their platforms.
For his part, the 45th commander in chief has been plotting his comeback since leaving the White House, setting up an office at his Mar-a-Lago resort where he has reportedly been in talks to start his own social media network.
Senior Trump adviser Jason Miller told Fox News’ “Media Buzz” late last month that the ex-commander in chief would be back online within two to three months on his own platform.
Twitter’s continued position that it will not consider allowing him back on its platform, even if he were to return to public office, has rubbed many the wrong way, including some of Trump’s political opposites.
Speaking to New York Times columnist Ezra Klein last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) found common ground with many Republicans who accused the social media network of bias and censorship.
Sanders said he wasn’t “comfortable” with Trump’s permanent ban from the site.
“Look, you have a racist, sexist, xenophobe, pathological liar, an authoritarian, somebody who doesn’t believe in the rule of law. This is a bad news guy,” the progressive pol said.
“But if you’re asking me do I feel particularly comfortable that the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about that.”