Last year in an online discussion of what journalism students should know about using social media professionally, one journalist commented: “Delete all your tweets, start fresh, and send every tweet as if it’ll be broadcast on television one day. Make your Instagram private. Seriously. One bad tweet could forever muddy your career as an arbiter of unbiased facts.”
This conversation, along with other public discussions of deleting tweets, inspired us to examine why and when journalists delete tweets. As part of our ongoing research, we have conducted a small study: We interviewed 17 journalists so far to examine how journalists think about the long term preservation of their tweets.They work in different news outlets and hold various positions. We asked them how frequently they tweet, what kind of content they post, how they acquire their followers, and why and when they delete tweets.
In March 2019, Tow Center published a report on the limited archiving of digital news. It demonstrated that not only are news organizations choosing not to preserve their digital content, but they are also profoundly unaware of the urgent need for a holistic record of what they produce on external platforms. None of the news workers interviewed for the study reported that their employers were archiving their social media publications, including tweets and posts to Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media platform.
Journalism as an industry and news organizations as institutions don’t preserve their products, but are journalists as individuals more aware? Or does the fate
Read more here: https://www.cjr.org/tow_center/journalists-deleting-old-tweet.php