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H.R.2884 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)


Introduced in House (06/12/2017)

Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically For Engagement Act of 2017 or the COVFEFE Act of 2017

This bill amends provisions governing presidential records to: (1) revise the definition of “documentary material” to include social media; (2) revise the definition of “presidential records” to include any personal and official social media account; and (3) define “social media” as any form of electronic communication (such as a website for social networking and microblogging) through which users create an online community to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos).



The way I interpret it, social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – cannot ban or remove the President’s posts.

This CNN article from Oct 2019:

Twitter explains why it hasn’t suspended Trump’s account

Twitter has come under intense pressure from Democrats to crack down on Trump’s tweets, and calls for action have grown louder in recent weeks after Trump used his account to attack key figures in the impeachment probe underway in the House of Representatives. The company has not yet labeled any of the president’s tweets as violating its policies…


“Although the COVFEFE Act is still just a proposed piece of legislation, it seems important that all citizens – regardless of their political beliefs or affiliations – ought to be able to view every public official’s social media posts. The “public forum” nature of social media is still under consideration in countless legal battles across the country, and regardless of political party or level of public office, our elected officials have a Constitutional obligation to remain transparent in their interactions with the public, even when they would rather block someone who disagrees with them…”




h/t ElleMira


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