Conservative party deletes archive of speeches from internet – BeautifulBurnout sets Trend for Tories
Decade’s worth of records is erased, including PM’s speech praising internet for making more information available.
Some people have poured scorn on the fact that I have objected to the Guardian removing posts from the threads of articles which have been available on its internet site for many years. This matter arose after one of its commissioned writers, Jane Nichol-Bell / BeautifulBurnout asked for her profile to be removed. This request is not uncommon and indeed the paper itself uses it to punish posters who it feels have breached its Community Standards. What is I believe unique is for it to agree to a request for the removal of every comment within a thread, such that the original meaning of the discussion within that thread is seriously degraded.
Computer Weekly’s Mark Ballard, who broke the story, told the Guardian that it “shows how fragile the historic record is on the internet”.