Twitter is apparently not a big fan of politicians being held accountable for their words …
The social media site recently shut down 31 Twitter accounts belonging to Politwoops, an arm of the Open Slate Foundation, a watchdog group aiming for digital transparency. The accounts, which made note of deleted tweets from politicians worldwide and preserved them for posterity, is just the latest faction of Politwoops to be shut down by Twitter over the preserving or exposure of tweets that government types did not want you to see. In June, Twitter shut down the U.S. version of politwoops, now they’ve come for the rest, blocking the OSF’s ap address to the site.
“Imagine how nerve-racking — terrifying, even — tweeting would be if it was immutable and irrevocable?” Twitter reportedly told the OSF, according to The Verge. “No one user is more deserving of that ability than another. Indeed, deleting a tweet is an expression of the user’s voice.”
While the pundits are pointing out that politicians have a historically-set precedent of being afforded less privacy than the regular joes, it seems Twitter is standing pat on the matter of closure for the accounts which were frequently used and cited by media across the world for their work in tracking “idiot speak.”
In an age where social media is still majorly a forum for “act first and think second” type posting, we are still determining what is bullying and what is holding people accountable for the things they post. Twitter seems to feel that what Politwoops was doing was bullying.
Basically, the message from Twitter is, if you want to use the words of politicians against them, you won’t do it on Twitter.