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Archives and Our Ethical Guidelines for Using Eyewitness Videos

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By Yvonne Ng, WITNESS

Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have become the primary way that many of us communicate and share accounts and perspectives of events. So, inevitably, archives are increasingly interested in collecting and preserving our social media as historical documents. In many cases, the historical value is clear: social movements as far-ranging as Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution and today’s Black Lives Matter have used social media in unprecedented ways to record events, exchange information, and engage others.

As archives start to collect, provide access to, and present social media collections, many ethical issues arise that need to be addressed.

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