Twitter shuts down PostGhost

“PostGhost kept a record of everything that Twitter’s Verified users said, even deleted tweets that may have been embarrassing or otherwise reputation impacting. Twitter sent PostGhost a cease and desist letter, effectively eliminating this public record of stuff that people have said but no longer want read. “


It seems PostGhost was an attempt to archive deleted tweets from verified Twitter accounts (which includes public figures). It was quickly shut down by Twitter who, one can only guess, preferred a corporate interest (could even be something as noble as protecting the privacy of its own users) over transparency and accountability of public figures.

I don’t blame Twitter for this but it does exemplify that if we want to have transparency and accountability we must use platforms that can be aligned with those values. Twitter and most of the other corporates dominating our social-media domain are not in alignment.

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