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White House’s website deleted the whole archive of its daily newsletters

Quartz: “American citizens can get daily updates on the government directly from the White House’s “1600 Daily” newsletter, which was launched in March 2017. The newsletter shares daily updates from the White House, together with a feed of positive news about Donald Trump’s administration (primarily from conservative outlets supportive of the government, such as Breitbart or the Washington Times.) Plus there’s an occasional satirical item (it once shared an article making fun of the president’s policies, which was presumably an accident.) The past issues of the newsletters used to be accessible online, but those pages have been taken down in connection with a White House site redesign in December 2017, according to a report from the Web Integrity Project (WIP) of the Sunlight Foundation, a bipartisan organization focused on government accountability and transparency, released today (Sept. 13). WIP co-director Toly Rinberg told Quartz that his team actively monitors 30,000 pages of federal websites for changes, periodically looking at information that has been removed or altered. The White House website underwent an overhaul, the report found (though it didn’t analyze the full scope of the changes), including removing the old editions of the daily newsletter, which were previously archived under their own URL. The removed posts are still available on Wayback Machine’s archive, though the original links have been leading to an error 404 page until Sept. 12, when they were redirected to the current issue of the newsletter…”

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