Posted by: maboulette | January 25, 2017

How Will Tweets Be Managed for History


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When an average human tweets something they regret, it’s not a big deal if they delete it. When the tweeter in question is the President of the United States though, it’s a little more complicated.

MISSPELLED

On Saturday, Donald Trump tweeted about his excitement to take office. It was a nice tweet, but with a potentially-embarrassing typo. The POTUS misspelled “honored.”

Trump saw the mistake and, like many people would, he  OF the tweet and re-tweeted with the typo fixed, according to The Hill (the corrected tweet has also since been deleted). Now that he’s the president though, tweeting and deleting could be a legal issue.

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ARCHIVIST OF U.S.

As Mic reports, the Presidential Records Act of 1978 requires the president to obtain “views of the Archivist of the United States” before disposing of records. In the digital age, presidential tweets are a public record. But, since the tweets in question were sent from Trump’s personal account and not the @POTUS account, it’s unclear if they’re covered by the PRA.

HOW WILL TWEETS BE MANAGED

We’ll have to wait and see how tweets, particularly those sent from Trump’s personal account, are treated going forward.

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