Gini Dietrich, Martin Waxman and Joseph Thornley tackle Twitter’s tortured relationship with the development community on this week’s Inside PR podcast.

PostGhost, a service that preserved deleted tweets, was told to cease doing this by Twitter. PostGhost complied and shut down its service. But it did not go quietly. They published an Open Letter to Twitter, arguing that the deleted tweets of people with very large followings could have as much impact on public issues as the tweets of politicians. Citing deleted tweets about the Brexit vote by British celebrities with large followings, they say, “the ability to reach millions of followers instantly and leave no trace is a massive and growing power, and one that is currently completely unchecked and undocumented.”

The PostGhost letter raises important issues that have been debated before and will continue to be debated. And once Gini raised it, we too found ourselves debating it – for the entire episode.

So, this is a single episode about one thing that raises a number of important issues. We hope you find it interesting and useful.

Now it’s your turn.

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Comments

  1. Long before PostGhost, Politwoops kept records of tweets issued by and subsequently deleted by politicians. It, too, violated Twitter’s terms of use. These terms have meant that third party vendors who pay big bucks for access to the firehose are required to purge deleted tweets from their databases.

    The Twitter vs. Politwoops issue came to a head early last summer just before the Canadian federal election. The two parties eventually negotiated an arrangement which allowed the return of Politwoops.

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