Burnham’s Peerless Flip-Flopping

Guido could easily have made Andy Burnham’s increasingly ridiculous flip flops a daily feature during this leadership contest. Not only does Burnham think it’s great that former Labour MP Dave Watts has been made a peer, he also reckons “the Lords is now a national embarrassment. We should scrap it”.

If you’re going to directly contradict yourself, try not to do it in the space of two tweets…

H/T @rhodri

DCMS Fun Police Called Off the Case

Who called the fun police? These tweets were swiftly deleted from the DCMS account this afternoon:

As Christopher Robin said to Winnie: “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”. Unless you’re the person who wrote those tweets…

MPs Saved From Twitter Humiliation

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Twitter has cut off access to the final 31 Twitter accounts that recorded deleted tweets from politicians and diplomats around the world. It had already neutered some accounts belonging to Politwoops and Diplotwoops, but completed the purge this weekend, blocking access to the likes of @deletedbyMPs, which recorded the deleted tweets of British MPs. Twitter have justified the decision by claiming that the ability for a public official to hide something they said in public is some kind of human right:

“Imagine how nerve-racking – terrifying, even – tweeting would be if it was immutable and irrevocable? No one user is more deserving of that ability than another. Indeed, deleting a tweet is an expression of the user’s voice.”

Which means gems like these will be hidden forever:

A cynic might say Twitter are keen not irritate the political class at a time when governments around the world are contemplating regulating social media...

Sadiq Spamming for Votes With Fake Personal Tweets

Spamming fake Twitter DM (direct message) notifications into Labour members inboxes isn’t going to help the little shyster gain authenticity. It will just irritate people. They do say if you can fake authenticity, you have it made. Not sure it is working in Sadiq’s case…

Diane Reveals More Than Intended on New Campaign Graphic

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Diane Abbott has been tweeting out this graphic trumpeting her Corbynite credentials as she vies to be Labour’s London mayoral candidate. But has she revealed more than she intended? Peeking over her right shoulder is the £14,886-a-year private school to which she sent her son…

Diane, who in the past criticised Tony Blair and Harriet Harman for sending their kids to selective schools, opted to send her son to the exclusive City of London school in the shadow of St Paul’s instead of one of the comprehensives in her Hackney constituency. Please, Diane, tell us more about your love of public services…

Government’s Twitter Snooping Increases by 181%

New figures show the government has requested access to over 1000 Twitter accounts over the past year, a massive increase of 181% compared to the previous year. Twitter complied with over half of the requests…

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Delete the DMs!

Twitter Outrage Bus Crash

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Social media collectively jumped on the outrage bus after the story of Caroline Starmer, who claimed on Facebook that her baby was snatched from her breast by a Primark security guard. A Twitter mob formed and demanded that the police arrest the ‘guilty’ security man:

In shocking news, the mother who made the claims is to face charges for intent to pervert the course of public justice. Who would have thunk?

Twitter Employees Jump from Sinking Ship

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The FT have been rummaging through the LinkedIn profiles of Twitter employees and have discovered that they are abandoning the social media company in droves. Their analysis found that around 450 of Twitter’s 3,900 staff have left in the company in the past year. Competition for top talent is fierce in Silicon Valley and Twitter employees are being snapped up by rival companies with better growth prospects.

Twitter’s share price has plummeted by 31% since April as the reality that a niche social media platform used by journalists and professional offence-takers is tricky to monetise begins to dawn on investors. Not good news for employees holding stock options…

Employees who have left Twitter in the last year include the chief operating officer, head of communications, head of corporate development, VP of media and most the senior staff from a mobile advertising exchange Twitter recently acquired for $350 million. Falling down the pecking order…

LibDem Leader Sorry Over Tweet Comparing Gay People to Frogs

An unfortunate post from Tim Farron’s account last night, just days after he faced down the Twitter lynch mob over his views on homosexuality:

Alas, he says he was ‘hacked’:

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MoD Forced to Fight Russian Aggression… With Tweetdeck

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The MoD is glued to Tweetdeck, scouring Twitter for sightings of Russian ships off the coast of Scotland, according to SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson, who made the claim in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute:

“In recent

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Lord Browne’s Twitter Cock-Up

BROWNE HEADERCross bench peer and former BP chief executive Lord John Browne may be an engineering whizz, but he seems to be having trouble understanding that Twitter favourites are not kept private.

A whopping 57% of the tweets Lord Browne has […]

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MPs Bow to Pay Rise Twitter Pressure

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The ever-tenacious FleetStreetFox has done her bit to raise thousands for charity by encouraging the Twittershere to publicly embarrass MPs into passing on their 10% pay rise:

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Plenty of normally chatty MPs are remaining mysteriously quiet…[…]

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