On Thursday, the Internet Archive launched an archive reserved for President-elect Donald Trump’s recorded statements and interviews.
According to The Hill, The Trump Archive houses more than 520 hours of video of the President-elect. It reportedly includes upwards of 700 televised speeches, interviews, and debates. Beyond simply housing the video content, more than 500 of the videos actually link to fact checks that look at the validity of Mr. Trump’s statements.
When announcing the digital library launch, managing editor of the Internet Archive’s television section, Nancy Watzman, said that the archive is currently inviting journalists and researchers to assist by suggesting further additions to the library.
After it was announced that Mr. Trump would be taking office in January 2017, the site decided to take preventive measures by backing up its database in Canada to prepare for a possible Trump crack down on free speech. In the blog post which announced the move, the site claimed that Donald Trump could very well threaten an open internet.
“For us, it means keeping our cultural materials safe, private and perpetually accessible. It means preparing for a Web that may face greater restrictions.”
The Internet Archive is known for it’s other ventures, including its Wayback Machine — a program which preserves web pages so that cached sites can be seen, even if they are later removed.