MPs Saved From Twitter Humiliation


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...

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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