Twitter is the most straightforward of social networks. It’s really just a long list of things people said. You can sort it. Share it. Comment on it. Cite it. Or you could. This week, Twitter announced a new feature called Fleets. Inspired by the self-destructing stories we see on Snapchat or Instagram, they are meant to encourage people to share “fleeting thoughts,” with the knowledge that anything said would self-destruct in 24 hours.
Ten years ago, maybe this idea would have been great for Twitter to encourage new users to say more. But in today’s political climate, in which Twitter has literally become a tool for Trump’s executive orders, self-deleting posts are a terrible idea. Twitter is no longer a fledgling startup just trying to give this whole business thing a shot. Twitter is now a record of public discourse and public policy. So Fleets have got to go—and maybe our politicians shouldn’t be able to delete their tweets either. Read more here