February 17th, 2010
06:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Presidential records now include tweets

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/17/art.gibbs.file.gi.jpg caption="Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday his tweets will be saved."]Washington (CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday that his tweets will be saved for posterity.

"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," Gibbs said during his daily press briefing due to questions raised by reporters on this issue.

The press secretary is not the only official at the White House with a Twitter account. Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton tweets, as well as Macon Philips who runs new media operations for the White House. @WhiteHouse is their flagship account with over 1.7 million followers.

All four accounts feature the following disclaimer: "Official WH twitter account. Comments & messages received through official WH pages are subject to the PRA and may be archived. Learn more http://wh.gov/privacy."

Gibbs explained that people who follow and "re-tweet" White House Twitter accounts will not be archived. However, the archive will keep people who directly respond to official accounts.

"It's analogous to sending an e-mail to the White House, which is already archived," Gibbs said.

Filed under: Robert Gibbs • Social Media • Twitter
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Bill

    The more I see of Gibbs, the less I like him.

    February 17, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. m smith

    well this human interest story really brought out the best of the repos. My My listen to the hate and discontent that this story created.

    February 17, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Robert "Baghdad Bob" Gibbs is a total propagandist. His counter-clockwise spin on everything is over-ridden only by his arrogance.

    February 17, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. Old Farmboy

    Here's my tweet for the day: Today I tweeted my first tweet......

    Thank you, America.....

    February 17, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Diana of NJ

    Right wings all must be unemployeed because they are the first to remark..and always negative and always an attack... You would think you would learn from your representatives ... NOTHING gets better with this mind set

    February 17, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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