Twitter slaps ban on reposting ex-US President Donald Trump’s old tweets

Twitter has banned everyone from reposting former US president Donald Trump's old tweets.

The social media site permanently suspended the Republican's account for allegedly glorifying violence after his supporters raided the Capitol in January.

The US's National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) tried to make an archive of Trump's loudmouth tweets available on the site, Politico reports.

But a spokesman for Twitter said the company’s teams “are working with NARA on the preservation of” @realDonaldTrump’s tweets, “as is standard with any administration transition.”

He added: “Given that we permanently suspended @realDonaldTrump, the content from the account will not appear on Twitter as it did previously or as archived administration accounts do currently, regardless of how NARA decides to display the data it has preserved.

“Administration accounts that are archived on the service are accounts that were not in violation of the Twitter Rules.”

No official record currently exists of the more than 26,000 tweets Trump issued from @realDonaldTrump while in office.

Twitter’s ban of @realDonaldTrump was blasted by Republicans, with Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders saying he did not “feel particularly comfortable” about the company’s ability to silence a former president.

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“Yesterday, it was Donald Trump who was banned, and tomorrow, it could be somebody else who has a very different point of view,” he said, adding: “I don’t like giving that much power to a handful of high-tech people.”

But Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has defended the permanent suspension of the former president as the “right decision” for handling “an extraordinary and untenable” situation.

“Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all,” he wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread posted days after the company’s action.

NARA spokesperson James Pritchett said the museum was "still exploring the best way” to make the @realDonaldTrump archival content public.

It will still post the preserved tweets to the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library website.

Federal archivists will also continue “working to make the exported content available … as a download” on the same website.

Mr Pritchett said: “Twitter is solely responsible for the decision of what content is available on their platform.

“NARA works closely with Twitter and other social media platforms to maintain archived social accounts from each presidential administration, but ultimately the platform owners can decline to host these accounts.

"NARA preserves platform independent copies of social media records and is working to make that content available to the public.

“NARA intends to provide public access to all captured and preserved Presidential Record social media, including any blocked or deleted Tweets that have been transferred to us."

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