It was confirmed this week that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is working to make tweets from Former President Donald Trump’s now-banned twitter account publicly available.
Trump was permanently banned from the platform earlier this year following the Capitol protests of Jan. 6. His posts were said to be deleted, but NARA is reportedly in the process of working with Twitter to document the Former President’s words.
NARA intends to provide public access to all of President Trump’s tweets – including any blocked or censored posts.
A spokesperson for the Former President confirmed that a plan is in place to preserve Tweets from the banned @realDonaldTrump twitter account.
In a message posted to its site at the time, Twitter identified two tweets Trump made after the riot as allegedly violating its “Glorification of Violence” policy.
However, the decision to ban Trump has drawn immense criticism from free speech advocates on both sides of the aisle. Even the socialist lawmaker Bernie Sanders expressed concern over Big Tech’s encroachment on the Former President’s right to free speech.
“I don’t feel comfortable that the President of the United States cannot express his views on Twitter,” Bernie said.
Many in Trump’s camp have warned other conservatives about the growing influence of Big Tech. Social media platforms have made habit of banning and/or censoring right-wing or conservative content, often removing accounts from Republican politicians just to later reinstate them.
Disgusting. Big Tech wants to cancel all 75M @realDonaldTrump supporters.
If you don’t think they’re coming for you next, you’re wrong.
“Twitter bans President Trump” https://t.co/4inOMm4Jth
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) January 8, 2021
Trump’s personal Twitter account had nearly 90 million followers when it was closed. Amid the 2020 presidential election, Twitter began attaching censorship warnings to Trump’s tweets. The “fact check” messages read: “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”
Author: Sebastian Hayworth