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Gibbs clarifies White House Twitter archiving policy

By Garance Franke-Ruta
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday answered some questions raised Tuesday about how tweets from White House staffers will be preserved under the Presidential Records Act.

"I obviously spent time with the lawyers yesterday based on questions we got about the Presidential Record Act of 1978," Gibbs said at the daily briefing. "What I write and what I tweet is archived as a part of this Presidential Records Act of 1978 because it is work product created as part of my job at the White House."

Critically, however, "People that follow me, people that read that, people that retweet that, none of that goes into or is archived as a result of the Presidential Records Act," he said. Gibbs has more than 25,000 followers at his @PressSec address, launched Saturday.

"The only thing that would be archived other than what I produce is if you respond directly to me, and only me," he continued.

"It's analogous to sending an e-mail to the White House, which is already archived. So if anybody believed that -- mentioning me, mentioning the White House, mentioning the President in any of the normal tweets that they do is of course not subject to the Presidential Records Act."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  February 17, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , New Media  
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