#TheresasTories don’t know how FB, Twitter or Internet work

So, the Tories have announced – in what appears to be a rather desperate attempt to convince people that they know something, anything about computers after the debacle of yesterday’s NHS ransomware catastrophe driven by chronic Tory underfunding – that, if re-elected, they will make a law to allow young people to remove social media posts they made before they were 18.

Which only goes to show even more clearly that they don’t know the first thing about how either social media or the internet work. They clearly haven’t any understanding of both the transience and permanence of the internet – or the fact that it’s not a UK thing.

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You can already do it

Any user of Facebook, Twitter or other social media can already remove anything they’ve posted. It’s easy.

Here’s an extract from the Facebook help page on how to delete something you’ve posted:

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And Twitter’s instructions are similarly straightforward:

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Other social media platforms have their own ways to do it. But…

That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily gone – and there’s nothing the Tories can do

Amber Rudd’s promise is also meaningless because it completely fails to understand that the internet is a worldwide thing. You can already delete anything you post to social media, but if anybody has copied that to another site, or blog, mirroring/archive, it’s still out there and – because it might be in the US, Azerbaijan or Outer Mongoliano law made in the UK is going to make it go away.

Theresa May and Amber Rudd say they’re going to make a law to force social media platforms to let you do something they already let you do anyway – no matter what age you are – even though that doesn’t mean those embarrassing pictures from your youth aren’t still there to find via Google anyway.

Theresa’s Tories are lurching from fiasco to disaster in this election campaign, betraying the absolute nonsense of their claims to competence. It’s only the efforts of their media glovepuppets that are preventing the whole public seeing the blindingly obvious.

It’s up to all of us to keep putting a spotlight on that incompetence until the truth gets past the filters.

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  1. God these Tories are totally brainless. They appear to know nothing about IT, the Internet or Social Media.

    Happily they won’t be able to blame Jeremy Corbyn for this.

    This hack underlines the stupidity of their stance re Trident both as a meaningful defensive weapon or as an attack weapon. The submarines will probably be hacked or attacked by underwater drones.

    They have the cheek to bang on about being the only party “who can take care of National Security”, that Jeremy Corbyn/Labour are “a danger to National Security” then this happens and they are shown to be dangerously incompetent.

    IT systems and desk top computers have a life of probably 3/4 years – not 10/15 years. They need constant renewal, upgrades to hardware and software, back ups, fire walls and security systems need to be under constant review. By the sound of things the NHS systems appear to have less security than many home computer systems.

    One final point for #KimJongMay and her bunch of happy fascists – it seems possible that this particular piece of code was nicked from the NSA – our great “security partner” across the pond….ironic or what?


    Love, Peace & Woodstock.

    1. Trident, coming to a beach near you soon … especially if you live in Florida …

  2. The internet ignorance of this shower always makes my kids laugh! Cameron was just as bad.
    Appalling that Rudd thinks the situation wasn’t a sign that the NHS had been unprepared for such an attack. With most of the NHS apparently still on XP, that’s complete rubbish. Computer Security Rule Number One: Keep your operating system up-to-date.

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