Reporting service Twitter does not allow the US National Archives to republish the archived tweets of former President Donald Trump, news site Politico reports.
Trump has had a Twitter ban since the storming of the Capitol by his supporters. His page has since been taken offline.
The decision follows news that the National Archives is working on an official online archive of all messages Trump as president sent to the world via Twitter, including those that banned him. The National Archives have been collecting personal and professional tweets from other Trump administration members for a long time.
Twitter’s decision will, in all likelihood, add further fuel to the discussion of the power of tech companies in the public debate. The Republicans, in particular, have long complained that Silicon Valley companies are mainly silencing conservatives.
A spokesperson for the National Archives said earlier that “the best way is being sought” to preserve the tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account for posterity. The organization wants to leave it to Twitter whether the messages will also be visible on that social medium.
A Twitter spokesperson said the company is working with the National Archives to archive the tweets “as is standard practice when moving to a new government.”