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August 16, 2016
Google Europe is already dealing with a slew of “right to be forgotten” requests, but Twitter had its own recent fight with deletion related issue. TechCrunch shares the story about “Deleted Tweet Archive PostGhost Shut Down After Twitter Cease And Desist” order. PostGhost was a Web site that archived tweets from famous public figures. PostGhost gained its own fame for recording deleted tweets.
The idea behind PostGhost was to allow a transparent and accurate record. The Library of Congress already does something similar as it archives every Tweet. Twitter, however, did not like PostGhost and sent them a cease and desist threatening to remove their API access. Apparently,Google it is illegal to post deleted tweets, something that evolved from the European “right to be forgotten” laws.
So is PostGhost or Twitter wrong?
“There are two schools of thought when something like this happens. The first is that it’s Twitter’s prerogative to censor anything and all the things. It’s their sandbox and we just play in it. The second school of thought says that Twitter is free-riding on our time and attention and in exchange for that they should work with their readers and users in a sane way.”
Twitter is a platform for a small percentage of users, the famous and public figures, who instantly have access to millions of people when they voice their thoughts. When these figures put their thoughts on the Internet it has more meaning than the average tweet. Other Web sites do the same, but it looks like public figures are exempt from this rule. Why? I am guessing money is exchanging hands.
There is a Louisville, Kentucky Hidden /Dark Web meet up on August 23, 2016.
Information is at this link: https://www.meetup.com/Louisville-Hidden-Dark-Web-Meetup/events/233019199/