Nikki Haley required to archive personal Twitter account per State Department

Cal Jeffrey

TS Evangelist
Staff member

United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley was forced to relinquish her personal Twitter account due to Obama-era regulations that took effect in January 2017. The State Department rules state that political appointees cannot take their social media accounts with them when they leave their post. Instead, these accounts are to be archived.

Haley, who stepped down from her position at the first of the year, seemed disappointed to have to relinquish her account, which she had long before being appointed ambassador to the UN.

As stated, it sounded like she was required to delete her account, which caused some confusion. However, it is still available; she just cannot use it anymore. Former Obama appointee Eric Columbus cleared this up in a tweet of his own on Tuesday.

"Perhaps Haley caused the confusion by saying she had to 'clear' her old account rather than just relinquish control of it for archiving," said Columbus. "Indeed, the @AmbNikkiHaley is still there with a note that she can now be found elsewhere."

According to the rules (10 FAM 181) set forth in the Foreign Affairs Manual appointees are supposed to use accounts created by the State Department for official government communications. If they use their own personal accounts for any public-record related posts, they must surrender it upon leaving office.

“Senior officials and other employees whose positions make it appropriate for them to engage in official communications on behalf of the Department over social media … must not use personal social media accounts to do so. They must use official social media accounts, created and owned by the Department. All accounts that have been used for official communications are considered Department accounts, and are either retained by the Department for use by the next incumbent or retired in accordance with applicable records disposition schedules, as appropriate.”

Haley’s account had 1.67 million followers when she gave it up. Her new personal account already has gained 157,000 followers in less than two days.

Her archived tweets can still be viewed on Twitter.

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seeprime

TS Guru
"Thanks Obama". I though that was way out of date. I was wrong, since this is due to an Obama era rule forcing a change to political appointees that in many ways is pointless, since elected folks can still use their old Twitter account.
 

p51d007

TS Evangelist
You "must" surrender your document, unless your last name is Clinton, then you can have it on a personal server, delete it and then know nothing how it got deleted & of course have the news media cover for you.
 

Evernessince

TS Evangelist
You "must" surrender your document, unless your last name is Clinton, then you can have it on a personal server, delete it and then know nothing how it got deleted & of course have the news media cover for you.


Investigators must be very incompetent, including gowdy and other republicans, but if I'm not mistaken they've investigated Clinton more then a handful of times and come up with NOTHING. All you're repeating are tabloid rumors with zero facts behind them.

On topic, I see nothing wrong with wanting to preserve the official record. All the Obama era rules did was extend existing archiving laws to new digital mediums. It's Haley's fault entirely for not doing her due diligence and making an official account. Pure laziness and ended by putting the blame on someone else.
 

cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
There was no need in taking her account to archive the past. This article simply tells me they have no idea what they are doing.