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White House prepares transition of social media presence

Sharon Gaudin | Nov. 7, 2016
Next president will inherit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts

President Obama's history of tweets will then be found on @POTUS44, a newly created handle maintained by NARA. All of those tweets will be accessible to the public on Twitter as an archive of President Obama's use of the account.

This also will be the case for the Obama administration's other Twitter handles, including @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, and @VP.

In addition, President Obama's tweets also will be archived at NARA, where they will be preserved as are all other presidential records.

The White House's Facebook and Instagram accounts also will be moved over to the next president, along with all of their followers. Those timelines will also be wiped clean and the new administration will start fresh.

The history of the Obama administration's posts will be moved to the newly created Obama White House Facebook and Instagram accounts.

"We'll follow a similar approach with other official accounts on platforms including Medium, Tumblr, and YouTube," Schulman wrote.

Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, said while social media posts may not be as important as official government documents, it's good that there's a process to preserve them.

"It's a trove for historians and journalists," said Gottheil. "It's turned out that it has been important that all past communications were saved, for historical, legal, and political purposes. And many presidents have felt it was important, and have used whatever technology was available to preserve that information."


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