Sunday July 12, 2020

Curtailing the freedom of social media

The silencing of a website tracking political tweets curtails the freedom of social media

30th August, 2015
Ed Balls. Picture: Getty

Every April 28 since 2011, the internet has celebrated Ed Balls Day. It commemorates when Labour’s former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, then an MP, accidentally posted a tweet that consisted only of his own name. As of today, the tweet has more than 56,000 retweets and has been favourited 28,548 times.

Balls has since learned how to use Twitter properly, and everyone’s happy that he didn’t quietly delete his mistake.

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