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White House deleted chat and social apps from government devices “White House officials no longer have text or social media messaging apps on their official phones because of records management headaches, according to a letter from a key House oversight official. The news came in an account of an Oct. 18 staff briefing on the administration’s records management practices from three officials in the White House Counsel’s office. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recapped the meeting in an Oct. 20 letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn. The White House officials, Gowdy said, explained “how text messaging capabilities have been removed from official devices because there are not sufficient technology solutions to capture this information in accordance with the [Presidential Records Act],” and that “similar measures have been taken for social media applications.”

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