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What is the fate of deleted Presidential tweets? – “The White House plans to save deleted tweets, according to a communication from the head of the National Archives, but the president is the ultimate arbiter of what is and isn’t a presidential record [emphasis added]. David S. Ferriero, the national archivist, set out the current status of records management training and policy in a reply to a query from Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Tom Carper (D-Del). The senators had asked about the state of NARA’s communications with the White House over records management practices, the possible avoidance of email by White House officials and the use of self-deleting encrypted messaging apps and other technologies designed to defeat records management laws…”

Note: “Politwoops watches politicians’ tweets, and reports the ones that are deleted.” This task is an inherently governmental responsibility. However, researchers, librarians, journalists, students and many others are grateful for the independent work of individuals and organizations whose efforts help to keep public documents in the public domain.”

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