VOTE: How Should The White House Archive Facebook?

Should the government archive even the personal Facebook accounts of White House staff?

Congress is debating whether to archive more communications by White House staff, and Facebook posts factor into some of the proposals.

The nation’s archivist and some Congressmen question the policy of allowing White House staff to decide for themselves whether Facebook posts from their personal accounts qualify as work related and thus need to be saved.

Right now, the White House archives all communications sent to and from devices issued by the government, but only the president and vice president get to decide which White House records must be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration.

The more expansive archiving sought by the likes of Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the house oversight and government reform committee might be achievable through the use of various technologies that archive social media. Some of these have the ability to selectively save certain types of messages and posts.

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