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[flagged] COVFEFE Act (wikipedia.org)
24 points by airstrike on Sept 11, 2019 | hide | past | favorite | 15 comments

Sadly, Library of Congress was archiving all tweets at the time. They stopped doing so later that year [1]. I don't know if it was ever resumed or not. Fortunately, tons of people are archiving that sort of thing on their own anyway :)

[1] https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2017/12/update-on-the-twitter-arch...

Cute retronym, but the act makes sense; if the WH says communications on a particular channel are considered official, then it's just sensible to record them.

It's like the Binary Intersectional Tyrannical Cis-Hetero Slave Lord Anti-woke Patriarchy (BITCHSLAP).

Not familiar with the US political system here

> The bill would amend the Presidential Records Act to preserve Twitter posts and other social media interactions of the President of the United States

Does this mean the bill has not (yet) been passed into law? Or has it been voted on already?

Has not yet been passed and won't be passed. It's a PR stunt by the congressman.

Is there anything the President says or does that isn't recorded and preserved?

Lots and lots of stuff. Presidents walk away with their "papers" and put them in their libraries post presidency. Obama, for one, isn't even planning on making his papers physically available. Also tons of White House records are never made available. Guest lists for parties and other visitors to the White House are not always made available, even if they are not actually classified.


White House visitor logs are notoriously withheld by administrations and subject to lawsuits over disclosure.

The tweets need to be preserved and stored at the Library of Congress so that future generations can study them and laugh at us.


Orange man bad, amirite?

man that made me lose it, now I look dumb at work


So you think that making a record of the president's public communications is a bad thing? Sure it was spawned by a typo (granted one that was part of an unprofessional and childish rant), but the core idea of extending official communications new forms of broadcast, and recording those official communications seems like a good one to me. What's the counter besides "it was the result of my leader acting like a child"?

Agreed. If the President... uhh... "tweets", then it should be preserved.

This is also why the President should not tweet.

The post is not about the typo itself.

"The Dems have fucking lost it" is not proper HN etiquette, at least on my book.

1. I think they have a little more to complain about than a typo, and subsequent response.

2. Did you read the article? The name of the act is just a silly prod. The act would have the law treat the President's personal social media accounts (ie @RealDonaldTrump) the same way as official social media accounts (ie @POTUS)

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