Officials cited several reasons for the decision: the volume of the tweet database is much bigger than it was a few years ago and the library lacks the capacity to deal with images and items other than text.
1, the Library of Congress will change its policy from collecting every tweet to saving ones on a select and more scrutinizing basis.
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Moreover, the Library of Congress only takes text-based tweets, so posts like President Trump's recent retweet of a bloodied CNN logo splattered on his shoe don't make the cut. Even back then, creating this archive was an huge task, and as Twitter has grown and changed, it became more and more unfeasible. In 2013, the library said it had been collecting half a billion tweets per day. The initiative was bold and celebrated among research communities, " wrote Library of Congress spokeswoman Gayle Osterberg on its website.
Twitter has changed substantially since it first partnered with the country's oldest cultural institution, however, and the Library of Congress said it no longer sees a need for archiving each and every one of the throngs of public tweets posted daily. The collection of tweets will still proceed until December 31, 2017, but there will be heavily curated. The collection as a whole will remain under embargo "until access issues can be resolved in a cost-effective and sustainable manner".
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The decision comes as Twitter continues to face flak over its vague policies in its battle to curb abuse, online harassment, trolls and illegal activity on its platform. "Additionally, Twitter agreed to provide tweets on an ongoing basis under the same terms", the Library of Congress declared in a white paper. Throughout its history, the Library has seized opportunities to collect snapshots of unique moments in human history and preserve them for future generations. The institution is also working with Twitter on how to handle public tweets that were later deleted. "Future generations will learn much about this rich period in our history, the information flows, and social and political forces that help define the current generation".
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